"You're a bad guy, you have two choices. You can go through the front end with all the equipment and the firewalls and security teams monitoring. Or you could go after some small vendor that does not have a security team."
"Nation states are targeting critical infrastructure in a variety of countries and Canada being targeted wouldn't be a surprise," says MasseHe explained that attacks on critical infrastructure don't bear the markings of hacktivists, who don't have the sophistication or resources for such an operation, and he largely ruled out organized crime groups because there is often little financial gain in those types of targets.
"Nation states are targeting critical infrastructure in a variety of countries and Canada being targeted wouldn't be a surprise."
"An aggressor nation or extremist group could use these kinds of cyber tools to gain control of critical switches," Panetta said at the time. "They could contaminate the water supply in major cities or shut down the power grid across large parts of the country."Whether fear mongering or not, there is reason to believe these types of attacks are possible. One ex-cyber warfare operator in the US military said nation states have multiple reasons for compromising enemy critical infrastructure."There's a lot of motivations," says Robert M. Lee, who recently left his job as a Cyber Warfare Operations Officer in the US Air Force and is a co-founder of Dragos Security, which specializes in critical infrastructure security. "The first of which is getting access to field ops, private information, electronic properties, project maps and things that would be required to know what the country is working on. And then the second reason is to gain access for the purpose of doing something in the future. But usually those (types of incidents) are much more rare."
"They could contaminate the water supply in major cities or shut down the power grid across large parts of the country."