The computer networks managing major natural-gas pipelines are currently experiencing a series of cyberattacks, according to government officials.
The attacks have been going on for months and involve fraudulent emails targeting employees of the gas companies.
Peter Boogaard, a spokesman for the Homeland Security Department, told The Hill that the department is working with the FBI and other federal agencies to address the attacks.
He said the department’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team began working with the gas companies in March to “prepare mitigation plans customized to their current network and security configurations to detect, mitigate and prevent such threats.”
The Christian Science Monitor first reported on Friday that the Homeland Security Department had alerted gas pipeline companies about a coordinated effort to breach their systems.
The alert said the attacks were “related to a single campaign from a single source” and appear “to have started in late December 2011.”