Cyber Attacks Ahead

Cyber Attacks AheadA Congressional survey of utility companies has revealed that the country’s electric grid faces constant assault from hackers, with one power company reporting a whopping 10,000 attempted cyberattacks per month. US Reps. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Henry Waxman (D-CA) sent 15 questions to more than 150 utilities and received replies from 112 of them. Only 53 of those actually answered all the questions—the others provided incomplete responses or only “a few paragraphs containing non-specific information” without answering any of the questions. Results from those who did answer show utilities are under continuous assault: The electric grid is the target of numerous and daily cyberattacks. More than a dozen utilities reported “daily,” “constant,” or “frequent” attempted cyberattacks ranging from phishing to malware infection to unfriendly probes.

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