Puerto Rico’s Electric Utility Hacked in Weekend Attack

Service was disrupted but no customer records compromised, officials said.

PREPA, the power utility company of Puerto Rico, saw its computer infrastructure suffer an attack on Sunday, but no customer records were compromised. That’s the bad and good news according to statements from the company.

With no customer records compromised and no impact on the electrical grid, the biggest effect of the attack was on wait times at the utility’s customer service center, which were somewhat longer than normal.

PREPA told Reuters that the perpetrators are currently unknown, though the company is working with authorities to identify the hacker and insure that no damage remained in the system.

Puerto Rico’s electrical utility has suffered a number of setbacks in recent months, from an aging physical infrastructure to bankruptcy to Hurricane Maria.

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