Hackers Gain ‘Switch-Flipping’ Access To Us Power Grid Control Systems – Wired

In an era of hacker attacks on critical infrastructure, even a run-of-the-mill malware infection on an electric utility’s network is enough to raise alarm bells. But the latest collection of power grid penetrations went far deeper: Security firm Symantec is warning that a series of recent hacker attacks not only compromised energy companies in the US and Europe but also resulted in the intruders gaining hands-on access to power grid operations-enough control that they could have induced blackouts on American soil at will. (read more)

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