Hacker Takes Over Russian Gas System
|Event Year:||1999||Reliability:||Likely But Unconfirmed|
According to a Associated Press news release, in 1999 a hacker took over control of a Russian gas system by penetrating the Gazprom (Russia’s state-run gas monopoly) SCADA system.(#1). National Petroleum Council report seems to confirm this, but it may just be repeating the AP story.
AP story states: “By acting with a Gazprom insider, hackers were able to get past the company’s security and break into the system controlling gas flows in pipelines, Interior Ministry Col. Konstantin Machabeli said, according to the Interfax news agency. The “central switchboard of gas flows” was ``for some time” under the control of external users, Machabeli said in the report. He did not say if the hackers caused any damage. Machabeli said the hackers used a ``Trojan horse” program, which stashes lines of harmful computer code in a benign-looking program, Interfax said. The report did not identify the hackers or say if anyone had been apprehended.”(#1)
However 1 week later the Russian Interior Ministry denied the report:
Loss of control of the SCADA system