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Saturday, 17 April 2021 6.02 AM IST

Chinese hackers attempt to block power supply in Telangana; bid to attack TS Transco, TS Gen thwarted

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HYDERABAD: A massive Mumbai-type power outage was averted in Telangana after the Central Electricity Authority alerted the Telangana government that the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) has suspected that Chinese hackers may target TS Transco and TS Genco.

According to ToI report, Chinese hackers’ groups allegedly targeted Telangana State Load Dispatch Centre (TSLDC), however, the cyber attack was successfully thwarted by the state government agencies.

On receiving information from a trusted source about a China-based groups' command and control servers trying to communicate with systems belonging to the TSLDC, TS Transco and TS Genco were alerted and asked to take adequate measures.

Speaking exclusively to the newspaper, Telangana Transco and Genco chairman and managing director D Prabhakar Rao confirmed getting cyberattack alerts from the central agencies. Rao said malwares were removed from 40 substations and the firewall was strengthened.

The website of Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) was attacked in 2019 resulting in the services getting affected for three to four days.

Mumbai was affected by a massive power outage on October 12, 2020. Reports had emerged that Chinese cyberattacks led to the power disruption in the financial capital of the country. Union Power Minister R K Singh on Tuesday said that the Mumbai power outage was caused by "human error" and there was no evidence to prove that the outage was a result of hacking by the Chinese hackers.

Meanwhile, a US company, Recorded Future, reported that a Chinese government-linked group of hackers targeted India's critical power grid system through malware.

Commenting n the power outage issue, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said, "Cyber-attack issue is not just confined to Mumbai but it could spread across the country. We should not politicise this issue."

"I have spoken to Union Power Minister RK Singh about this. He has sought details about it and said that we should remain alert," Deshmukh added.

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