April 13, 2023
A pro-Russian hacking group has claimed responsibility for a cyberattack against Quebec’s state-owned electricity provider. Hydro-Québec said on Thursday it was hit with a denial-of-service attack at approximately 3 a.m. ET and was working to try to get its website up and running again. Hydro-Québec’s website, app and Info-Panne website for verifying power outages went offline.
“No critical Hydro-Québec systems were attacked and users’ personal data was not compromised,” said Philippe Archambault, head of media and government affairs for the utility. He said the cybersecurity team is working on restoring service.
“This is not a case of hacking and getting access to the information at the back end, at least not at this time, not with this type of tech,” Waterhouse said. “It’s really just to protest against Canada’s involvement with Ukraine.”