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Network Vulnerability and the Electrical Grid

The U.S. power grid is more of a prime target than power grids in other countries largely because in the United States, electricity drives computer networks that are the backbone of everything from schools to traffic-control devices and government agencies. Without electricity, the country would. The power blackout that struck the northern United States and Canada in August shocked industry executives into acknowledging the need to upgrade outdated circuitry and power-generating equipment. However, analysts and security experts now are warning that the outmoded, intrusion-prone computers used to control the grid pose a greater risk than the aging grid infrastructure. The patchwork system of computers loosely linking the electricity producers in the United States and Canada makes an Internet attack that could shut down the power grid again mere child’s play, experts told TechNewsWorld. Full Story

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