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FBI concerned about threat of terror-induced blackouts

The FBI found no evidence of any type of terrorism or criminal hacking in its investigation of the August power blackout in the Northeast, but the threat of such action remains a concern, the FBI’s top counterterrorism official told a House committee Thursday. FBI Executive Assistant Director Larry Mefford said the widespread outage represented a “dry run” for what the FBI and other law enforcement agencies could face in the event terrorists were able to exploit vulnerabilities in the power grid. The FBI established centers in several cities in the states where power was disrupted, not only to help determine whether the blackout stemmed from criminal acts, but also to help coordinate law enforcement efforts if widespread incidents of crime resulted from the electrical disruptions. Full Story

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