HONDA hackers are stealing hundreds of thousands of computers from the American electric grid, a major cybersecurity breach that could be a boon for the nation’s electric grid operator.
Hackers allegedly stole more than 1.2 million smart-grid-related devices from more than 100 companies in the first 24 hours of the breach.
The companies that were impacted include the nation�s biggest utility, Duke Energy, as well as energy companies such as Southern Company and Southern Company Energy.
According to a statement from Duke, the breach was the result of a flaw in a tool that was used to capture data from smart-device systems.
Duke Energy also said that it has already implemented security measures to address the breach and is working with the federal government and law enforcement to identify those responsible.
The utility said the breach impacted approximately 1.6 million devices.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration said the number of smart-home devices stolen was unknown.
Duke Energy and Southern announced the first data breach on Thursday, but the news was not announced until Saturday.
The U.K. government said on Friday that it had also received the data breach and said it was investigating the incident.
The hacks are the latest in a series of major security breaches that have plagued the electric grid since the 2016 presidential election.
During the 2016 election, hackers stole more then 5 million sensitive voter data from Democratic Party organizations.
They also stole more data from the Democratic National Committee, and some of that data was used in the 2016 campaign, which resulted in the resignation of the DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
In 2018, hackers broke into the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which also hosted a database of the party�s voters and provided information on their voting records to other groups, including Democrats.
Hacking incidents have been occurring at the state level for years, with numerous states reporting significant cyber breaches.
Earlier this year, Texas reported the first major cybersecurity data breach in its history.
On Tuesday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously condemned the hacking attacks and urged states to increase their efforts to fight cyber threats.
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