- Israeli authorities reported a ‘severe’ breach that ‘paralysed’ computers
- Parts of country’s electricity grid were shut down as temperatures plunged
- Energy minister called attack one of the biggest computer hacks of its kind
- investigations are continuing to determine who carried out the cyber attack
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Hackers have crippled Israel’s electricity grid with a cyber attack – just as temperatures dropped across the country.
Authorities reported a ‘severe’ breach that ‘paralysed’ computers in the country as temperatures dipped prompting a huge surge in energy consumption.
Israel’s energy minister called the hack, which started on Monday, one of the biggest of its kind and confirmed parts of the grid had to be shut down.
Yuval Seinitz said: ‘The virus was already identified and the right software was already prepared to neutralize it.
‘We had to paralyze many of the computers of the Israeli Electricity Authority. We are handling the situation and I hope that soon, this very serious event will be over… but as of now, computer systems are still not working as they should.
‘This is a fresh example of the sensitivity of infrastructure to cyberattacks, and the importance of preparing ourselves in order to defend ourselves against such attacks.’