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December 21, 2015

Study: U.S. Power Grid Is Vulnerable to State-Sponsored Hackers

All networks, equipment, and computers can be hacked. A smart coffee maker can be hacked. So too, can a power station that figures in the grid of an entire country. Are such threats overstated? Or, is there a genuine reason to be concerned?

Here’s the good news first. Malicious attackers haven’t pulled the plug to switch off the power from their remote locations. The bad news? It may be entirely possible that a group of ill-intending hackers may have gained the necessary blueprints and knowledge to do just that, after an investigation by the Associated Press revealed that cyber-attackers have systematically carved a hole to gain access to critical operation networks. These [...]

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November 27, 2015

Ted Koppel Writes Book About Dangerous Power Grid Hackers

Nightline’s Ted Koppel did something pretty interesting lately: sat down and wrote a book about how America is unprepared for the hackers who are going to destroy our power grid.

The book is called Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath. It’s currently going for less than $20 and was apparently a New York Times Bestseller. It seems that nearly every book anymore is a New York Times Bestseller, but we digress.

Speaking to CSO Online, Ted Koppel was forced to confess that he had not bothered to get much in the way of expert opinion in researching his book. This means that even if his premise is correct, that critical parts of [...]

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