Tata Power, a leading power generation company in India, has confirmed that it has been hit by a cyber attack.
In a brief statement released on Friday, the Mumbai-based company said the attack affected some of its IT systems.
“The company has taken steps to retrieve and restore the systems. All critical operational systems are functional; However, as an abundance of caution, limited access and preventive controls have been put in place for portals and contact points that address employees and customers,” it said in its application (PDF) to local stock exchanges.
Tata Power did not share any further details on the matter. When asked by TechCrunch, a PR representative declined to answer questions related to the nature of the attack and its impact on the organization, and declined to say whether any data was stolen. “As stated in the statement, the company has taken steps to retrieve and restore the systems. All critical operational systems are working,” the representative said.
The company generates, transmits and sells power in the South Asian nation and aims to double the share of clean energy in its portfolio to 60% in five years from about a third now, with a goal of becoming net zero by 2045. It claims to have an installed and managed power generation capacity of 13,974 MW, which is the highest in the country.
Of late, Tata Power has also shown interest in growing its business through rooftop solar and microgrids, storage solutions, solar pumps, EV charging infrastructure and home automation. The company serves more than 12 million consumers through its distribution companies.
The Indian government has highlighted the cyber security of the country’s nationwide power grid as a challenge in its public statements. A report by US-based cybersecurity firm Recorded Future in April claimed that Chinese state-sponsored hackers had targeted the Indian power sector in a long-term project. Responding to the report, India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Arindam Bagchi said the country had not raised this issue with China, according to a media report. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, reportedly denied the allegation.