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Officials Admit Sophisticated Cyber Attacks on Utilities & Industries

by Dave on October 6, 2011

power linesI wasn’t aware that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has “defense labs intended to protect the nation’s power grid, water systems and other vulnerable infrastructure.” That’s a good thing. In this Washington Post article (http://ow.ly/6PYcZ) officials say the experts in these labs responded to requests for assistance 116 times in 2010 and 342 times so far this year.

Acting DHS Deputy Undersecretary Greg Schaffer says utilities and related industries are increasingly vulnerable. One reason is that many of the systems and equipment are being connected to global networks for the first time. Unhappy employees, hackers and perhaps (Perhaps? Almost certainly!) foreign governments “are knocking on the doors of these systems, and there have been intrusions.”

Uh oh.

As a matter of fact, a security guard at a hospital in Dallas installed malware on a computer in the building he was charged with guarding (http://ow.ly/6PYH3). The Washington Post article says he was convicted and sentenced to 110 months.

Many have assumed that any cyber warfare would include attacks on not only military targets, but also power plants, pipelines and air traffic control systems, etc.

It’s good to know that we have some experts watching our back.

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