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 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 the malware was 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.