South Staffordshire plc, a UK water-supply firm, has acknowledged it was the sufferer of a cyberattack. Across the identical time, the Clop ransomware group began threatening Thames Water that it will launch knowledge it has stolen from the utility except Thames Water paid up.
The issue? Thames Water wasn’t breached.
Apparently, Clop bought its UK water firms confused.
South Staffordshire serves about 1.6 million clients and just lately reported that it was focused in a cyberattack and was “experiencing a disruption to out company IT community and our groups are working to resolve this as rapidly as attainable.” It added there was no disruption on service.
“This incident has not affected our capability to provide protected water, and we are able to verify we’re nonetheless supplying protected water to all of our Cambridge Water and South Staffs Water clients,” the water firm stated.
In the meantime, Thames Water, the UK’s largest water provider to greater than 15 million individuals, was compelled to disclaim it was breached by Clop ransomware attackers, who threatened they now had the power to tamper with the water provide, in keeping with reviews.
“As suppliers of important nationwide infrastructure, we take the safety of our networks and programs very critically and are centered on defending them, in order that we are able to proceed to supply resilient companies to our clients and the atmosphere,” the bigger water firm instructed the UK Mirror.
Whereas Clop appears to have its information all unsuitable, each water utilities mounted succesful responses to the ransomware group’s assault on important infrastructure, in keeping with Edward Liebig, world director of cyber ecosystem at Hexagon Asset Lifecycle Intelligence.
“I’m impressed by
South Staffordshire Water’s capability to defend in opposition to the cyberattack within the
IT programs and buffer the OT programs from affect,” Liebeg stated. “And had Thames Water not performed
an investigation of the ‘proof of compromise,’ they could very properly have determined
to barter additional. In each cases, every group did their due