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    Feds allege destructive Russian hackers targeted US oil refineries / ArsTechnica · Sunday, 27 March - 09:14 · 1 minute

Critical infrastructure sites such as this oil refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, rely on safety systems.

Enlarge / Critical infrastructure sites such as this oil refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, rely on safety systems. (credit: IIP Photo Archive )

For years, the hackers behind the malware known as Triton or Trisis have stood out as a uniquely dangerous threat to critical infrastructure: a group of digital intruders who attempted to sabotage industrial safety systems, with physical, potentially catastrophic results. Now the US Department of Justice has put a name to one of the hackers in that group—and confirmed the hackers' targets included a US company that owns multiple oil refineries.

On Thursday, just days after the White House warned of potential cyberattacks on US critical infrastructure by the Russian government in retaliation for new sanctions against the country, the Justice Department unsealed a pair of indictments that together outline a years-long campaign of Russian hacking of US energy facilities. In one set of charges, filed in August 2021, authorities name three officers of Russia's FSB intelligence agency accused of being members of a notorious hacking group known as Berserk Bear, Dragonfly 2.0, or Havex , known for targeting electrical utilities and other critical infrastructure worldwide, and widely suspected of working in the service of the Russian government.

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    House bill would eliminate natural gas, impose sweeping changes on economy / ArsTechnica · Friday, 10 September, 2021 - 20:47

Here’s how the US will tackle climate change with the $3.5T reconciliation bill

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President Joe Biden’s climate ambitions will face a critical test on Monday as a major portion of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill comes up for a vote. If it passes, the sprawling legislation will push the American economy to rein in its carbon emissions by spurring advancements in clean energy, electric vehicles, grid modernization, and more.

Nearly $500 billion worth of grants, incentives, and programs will be voted on by the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. After that, the legislation will be merged with the other portions of the reconciliation bill as soon as Wednesday. Senate Democrats have been meeting to draft their version of the bill, and Congressional Democrats hope to send a finalized piece of legislation to Biden by the end of the year.

So far, Republicans are united in their opposition, and the reconciliation bill’s passage appears to hinge on whether Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) approves of key portions. Manchin, who represents coal-rich West Virginia and who owns millions of dollars of stock in a coal brokerage, has expressed reservations about the bill eliminating fossil fuels.

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    Saudi Aramco confirms data leak after $50 million cyber ransom demand / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 22 July, 2021 - 16:56

The Hawiyah Natural Gas Liquids Recovery Plant, operated by Saudi Aramco, in Hawiyah, Saudi Arabia, on Monday, June 28, 2021.

Enlarge / The Hawiyah Natural Gas Liquids Recovery Plant, operated by Saudi Aramco, in Hawiyah, Saudi Arabia, on Monday, June 28, 2021. (credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images)

Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer, confirmed on Wednesday that some of its company files had been leaked via a contractor, after a cyber extortionist claimed to have seized troves of its data last month and demanded a $50 million ransom from the company.

Aramco said in a statement that it had “recently become aware of the indirect release of a limited amount of company data which was held by third-party contractors.” The oil company did not name the supplier or explain how the data were compromised.

“We confirm that the release of data was not due to a breach of our systems, has no impact on our operations, and the company continues to maintain a robust cyber security posture,” Aramco added.

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    Texas gov knew of natural gas shortages days before blackout, blamed wind anyway / ArsTechnica · Friday, 21 May, 2021 - 14:04 · 1 minute

Icicles hang off the State Highway 195 sign on February 18, 2021, in Killeen, Texas. A winter storm brought historic cold weather and power outages to Texas as storms swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation.

Enlarge / Icicles hang off the State Highway 195 sign on February 18, 2021, in Killeen, Texas. A winter storm brought historic cold weather and power outages to Texas as storms swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images )

Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s office knew of looming natural gas shortages on February 10, days before a deep freeze plunged much of the state into blackouts, according to a new report from E&E News.

Abbott’s office first learned of the likely shortfall in a phone call from the then-chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, DeAnne Walker. In the days leading up to the power outages that began on February 15, Walker and the governor’s office spoke 31 more times.

Walker also spoke with regulators, politicians, and utilities dozens of times about the gas curtailments that threatened the state’s electrical grid. The PUC chair’s diary for the days before the outage shows her schedule dominated by concerns over gas curtailments and the impact they would have on electricity generation. Before and during the disaster, she was on more than 100 phone calls with various agencies and utilities regarding gas shortages.

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    Biden plan eliminates billions in fossil fuel subsidies / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 31 March, 2021 - 16:01

Biden plan eliminates billions in fossil fuel subsidies

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Today, President Joe Biden will unveil a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that promises to overhaul the nation’s highways, airports, electrical grid, and more. It will be partly paid for by repealing subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.

Currently, the United States gives the $180 billion fossil fuel industry between $5 billion to $62 billion per year in direct subsidies, depending on the estimate. When accounting for indirect subsidies, including public health impacts and climate change, the handout could be as high as $649 billion. The Biden administration hasn’t specified which tax credits or subsidies it would eliminate, and certain subsidies probably will be subject to horse trading in Congress. That makes it difficult to get an accurate number at this point, but the number would certainly be in the range of billions of dollars.

If the Biden administration is successful, the US would be following through on a promise made at the 2009 G20 summit , which stated that signatories should “phase out and rationalize over the medium term inefficient fossil fuel subsidies.”

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    Hackers tied to Russia’s GRU targeted the US grid for years / ArsTechnica · Saturday, 27 February, 2021 - 11:50 · 1 minute

Hackers tied to Russia’s GRU targeted the US grid for years

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For all the nation-state hacker groups that have targeted the United States power grid —and even successfully breached American electric utilities —only the Russian military intelligence group known as Sandworm has been brazen enough to trigger actual blackouts, shutting the lights off in Ukraine in 2015 and 2016 . Now one grid-focused security firm is warning that a group with ties to Sandworm’s uniquely dangerous hackers has also been actively targeting the US energy system for years.

On Wednesday, industrial cybersecurity firm Dragos published its annual report on the state of industrial control systems security, which names four new foreign hacker groups focused on those critical infrastructure systems. Three of those newly named groups have targeted industrial control systems in the US, according to Dragos. But most noteworthy, perhaps, is a group that Dragos calls Kamacite, which the security firm describes as having worked in cooperation with the GRU's Sandworm. Kamacite has in the past served as Sandworm's "access" team, the Dragos researchers write, focused on gaining a foothold in a target network before handing off that access to a different group of Sandworm hackers, who have then sometimes carried out disruptive effects. Dragos says Kamacite has repeatedly targeted US electric utilities, oil and gas, and other industrial firms since as early as 2017.

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    Movim is moving!

    Timothée Jaussoin · / Movim · Wednesday, 20 January, 2021 - 06:47 edit

Following our previous article, with the sudden subscription of hundred of new users both on our XMPP #services and and on #Movim itself it seems that we are starting to be quite limited by our current servers capacity.

You might have noticed some connection issues and downtimes the past few days that are the direct result in this recent gain of interest for Movim.

In the upcoming days we are planning to migrate the whole #infrastructure to a new server to give a bit more space for the project to grow and to allow many new users to join us.

This will involve some extra server costs. If you want to help us covering our expenses you can always join our Patreon.

By the way, we also bumped the size limit from 3Mb to 10Mb on our XMPP upload service, enjoy!

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    CPU Ex0150 Radiodiffusion DAB+ en logiciels libres / linuxfr · Thursday, 12 November, 2020 - 10:11 · 1 minute

<p>Dans cette <em>release</em> de CPU : T'as la zone rouge du VU-mètre, là, la sortie table vers les compresseurs puis des codecs vers les émetteurs et là, on envoie patate vers les antennes !</p> <p>Nous recevons <strong><a href="">Jean-Marc Courrèges-Cénac</a></strong> et <strong><a href="">Benoit Perguilhem</a></strong>, spécialistes DAB+<br> Suite de <a href="">notre série sur la radio numérique</a>, <a href="">première partie de cette interview diffusée la semaine précédente.</a></p> <p>Écoute, podcast, max de liens et vos commentaires : <a href=""></a></p> <p>L'interview est <a href="">disponible dans sa version longue</a></p> <p>La semaine prochaine : Oups ! On reçoit le CSA.</p> <div><a href="">Télécharger ce contenu au format EPUB</a></div> <p> <strong>Commentaires :</strong> <a href="//">voir le flux Atom</a> <a href="">ouvrir dans le navigateur</a> </p>