LONDON — Power supplies and other utilities in Britain were hacked by state-sponsored cyber criminals during last month’s general election, according to a reports citing a document from the country’s national cybersecurity agency.
Britain’s electronic spy agency, GCHQ, said no supplies were affected but some infrastructure systems “are likely to have been compromised” during the recent attack, according to tech news site Motherboard which obtained a copy of the unpublished document.
"The NCSC is aware of connections from multiple U.K. IP addresses to infrastructure associated with advanced state-sponsored hostile threat actors, who are known to target the energy and manufacturing sectors," the document reads, according to Motherboard.
“NCSC believes that due to the use of wide-spread targeting by the attacker, a number of Industrial Control System engineering and services organisations are likely to have been compromised,” the document reportedly says.
A spokeswoman for the NCSC would not confirm the authenticity of the document, but issued a statement: "We are aware of reports of malicious cyber activity targeting the energy sector around the globe. We are liaising with our counterparts to better understand the threat and continue to manage any risks to the UK."
Alastair Jamieson is a London-based reporter, editor and homepage producer for NBC News.