An ongoing cyberespionage campaign against a range of targets, mainly in the energy sector, gave attackers the ability to mount sabotage operations against their victims. The attackers, known to Symantec as Dragonfly, managed to compromise a number of strategically important organizations for spying purposes and, if they had used the sabotage capabilities open to them, could have caused damage or disruption to energy supplies in affected countries.
Nope, simply impossible that anyone could have predicted that the (usually wide open) energy companies would have come under remote attack. And it’s simply impossible for them to close the (wide open) vulnerabilities, or at least to find the money to do so, or at least to get off their asses and do so.
I don’t know much about European energy sector vulnerabilities. I do know a fair bit about American energy sector vulns, both physical and cyber.
So, everyone’s got a generator and a tank of gasoline or propane, right?
Oh, and apropos nothing, why hasn’t anyone nuked the crap out of Russia and mainland China? Cut their international communications?