Indian Energy Company Hit By Cyber Attack

India's largest integrated power company, Tata Power Company has confirmed that it has been hit by a cyber attack and the company is taking urgent measures to restore offline systems.

The intrusion on IT infrastructure impacted "some of its IT systems," the Tata Power said in a statement with the National Stock Exchange (NSE) of India. “The company has taken steps to retrieve and restore the systems." All critical operational systems are functioning, however, restricted access and other preventive measures have been put in place for employee and customer endpoints.

The Mumbai-based electric utility company, part of the Tata Group conglomerate, did not disclose any further details about the nature of the attack, or when it took place. The essential operational systems remain operational, however, as an extra precaution to further deal with cyber security, restricted access and preventive measures have been implemented.

Cyber security firm Recorded Future has previously reported attacks on the India energy grid which it blamed on China-based hackers, one of which is an emerging threat group known as Threat Activity Group 438.

Those network intrusions were said to have been aimed at least seven Indian State Load Despatch Centres (SLDCs) responsible for carrying out real-time operations for grid control and electricity dispatch within these respective states. Recorded Future assessed that malicious activity was intended to facilitate information gathering related to critical infrastructure assets or is likely a precursor for future activities.

Chinese diplomatic sources have rejected the suggestion that it was involved, observing that "many of US allies or countries with which it co-operates on cyber security are also victims of US cyber attacks."

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