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FBI: Power grid not a primary terror target

The FBI is concerned about cyberterror, but bombs remain a bigger danger than bytes, the agency’s counterterrorism chief told a joint House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on last month’s Northeast blackout. “We haven’t seen any evidence that al-Qaida possesses any sophisticated computer capability,” Larry A. Mefford said yesterday. Overall, investigators have found only “very, very basic computer functionality from terrorists around the world.” Government officials told the subcommittees on Cybersecurity, Science and R&D and on Infrastructure and Border Security that the power grid does not appear to be a primary target for terrorists. Mefford said that when the blackout began Aug. 14, his office convened a conference call with special agents in charge of eight field offices affected by the outage. Local Joint Terrorism Task Forces, which include federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, took part and worked with industry officials. Full Story

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