German energy’s growing vulnerability to cyber attack

A German solar energy plant (photo:dpa)
A German solar energy plant (photo:dpa)

The first cyber assault against a European electricity grid operator to be admitted publicly struck the German power utility company, 50Hertz in 2012. The attack failed to disrupt energy supplies but it could not have come at a worse time as Germany is in the process of transforming its energy industry. This is the sixth part in our series of reports on cyber threats. This report looks at Germany’s vulnerability to attack and why it is struggling to adequately address the risks.

GERMANY is carrying out a major change in its energy industry moving from nuclear power and fossil fuel to renewable energy. But the process, known as 'Energiewende', is at a crossroads.

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