As all we know from the various news channels and websites that Israeli Power Grid Authority had undergone massive cyber attack. But the truth has been revealed that the Power Grid was not affected, the only Israeli Electricity Authority was affected.
Yuval Steinitz, Israel's energy minister, asserted stating, Israel's Electricity Authority, which is the regulator of the Israel power company, was hit by a severe cyber attack. The Power Grid itself was not affected at any cost.
Also, he stated, “The virus was already identified and the right software was already prepared to neutralize it,” he said. “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.”
Power Grid Not Affected: The huge misunderstanding between Electricity Authority and Power Grid has been relayed to the world through media. The real fact is that The Israel Electric Authority is no way related to the networks of the Israeli electric companies, distribution sites or transmission. The Israeli Electric Authority is a regulatory body of consisting of few members, and the cyber attack happened on their network.
Tim Erlin, director of security and risk at Tripwire, expressed in reply to the email of SCMagazineUK that the attack doesn't happen on Israel Power Grid, but on the regulatory body, The Electricity Authority. This difference is significant as transmission, generation and distribution facilities have a direct impact on electricity supply than the authority that regulates them.
Before going through this information, one must understand the difference between The Electricity Authority and The Power Grid. The misunderstanding between these two terms, created a lot of confusion.
Gil Shwed, CEO of Check Point Software Technologies, expressed another attack, stating Iran launched a cyber attack that targeted Israeli army generals, scientist and human rights activists in the Arabian Gulf. According to Gil Shwed, the attack commenced a few months ago targeting 1,600 people worldwide. People were sent emails that led to infect their computers with malware upon opening that particular email.
It is out of our predictions how attacks will affect us and in which form. However, precaution is always better than cure. If you are under regular precaution, you will not have to take steps to cure. Scan your websites and know the vulnerabilities to have precautions not to be the victim of cyber attacks.