>> The US Government warned late Friday about hacking campaigns aims at the Nuclear, Energy, Aviation and Water Manufacturing Industries. Assigned cyber attacks, presents and increasing threat to the power and infrastructure sectors. Jim Finkle covers cyber security for Reuters.>> What's notable about this report is that the government chose to release it directly to the public.
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a similar alert in June about a narrower set of attacks and that was confidential. Only distributed to American firms that needed to know the information to better secure themselves.>> The attacks which date back to at least May were successful in compromising some of the networks, including at least one energy generator.
But no details on exactly who the victims were, or what the damage was.>> So far the government and cyber security experts have not released any information about destructive attacks in the United States. What they've said is that the campaign so far have focused on espionage, and getting control over networks.
So that they could lay the groundwork potentially in the future, for a destructive attack, something that might make the power go out, or cause an explosion.>> Homeland Security and FBI representatives could not be reached for comment on Saturday morning.