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UK Rail Hit By Four Cyberattacks In One Year

No disruption to rail network caused, hackers appear to be nation-states, says cybersecurity firm Darktrace.

Dark Reading Staff

July 18, 2016

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UK’s rail network was hacked at least four times in the past one year, reports The Telegraph, quoting Darktrace, which handles security for the rail network. Appearing to be cyberespionage activity conducted by nation-states, the attacks were exploratory in nature and did not disrupt the rail system, Darktrace said.

Kaspersky Lab believes that at the moment, state-sponsored attackers were very active without doing much, but hackers could cause chaos if they managed to enter the rail network system.

Network Rail has said cybersecurity would play an important part in their plan to introduce digital train control technology. “Safety is our top priority, which is why we work closely with government, the security services, our partners and suppliers in the rail industry and security specialists to combat cyber threats,” added a spokesperson.

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