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Hackers Target U.S. Power Grid

Government Quietly Warns Utilities To Beef Up Their Computer Security. Hundreds of times a day, hackers try to slip past cyber-security into the computer network of Constellation Energy Group Inc., a Baltimore power company with customers around the country. “We have no discernable way of knowing who is trying to hit our system,” said John R. Collins, chief risk officer for Constellation, which operates Baltimore Gas and Electric. “We just know it’s being hit.” Hackers have caused no serious damage to systems that feed the nation’s power grid, but their untiring efforts have heightened concerns that electric companies have failed to adequately fortify defenses against a potential catastrophic strike. The fear: In a worst-case scenario, terrorists or others could engineer an attack that sets off a widespread blackout and damages power plants, prolonging an outage. Full Story

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