Energy companies, including nuclear energy companies, are likely to come under hacking attack warns the FBI and US Department of Homeland Security.
The agencies have detected attempts by hacker to harvest access information to electricity providers.
“Historically, cyber actors have strategically targeted the energy sector with various goals ranging from cyber espionage to the ability to disrupt energy systems in the event of a hostile conflict,” says the report.
Last December hackers closed down electricity suppliers in the Ukraine with malware called Industroyer.
The report says it thinks the hackers have been conducting reconnaissance on vulnerabilities at the energy companies for the last two months.
The report describes 11 files used in the attacks, including malware downloaders and tools that allow the hackers to take remote control of computers and crawl across their networks.