US Power Co. Cyberattacked 10K Times a Month
Finding comes amid report on vulnerability of our grid
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2013 8:43 AM CDT
This composite image made available by NASA shows the US's lights at night.   (AP Photo/NASA)

(Newser) – Could foreign hackers take out America's electric grid? A new congressional report says it's a very real threat, with more than a dozen of nearly 100 electric utilities surveyed reporting constant or frequent cyberattacks, Reuters reports. One utility said it was battered by a staggering 10,000 attacks a month; another reported daily such activity that is "automated and dynamic in nature, able to adapt to what is discovered during its probing process."

"National security experts say that cyberattacks on America's electric grid top the target list for terrorists and rogue states, yet we remain highly vulnerable to attacks," said Rep. Ed Markey, one of the lawmakers behind the report, per Politico. The report finds that while the utilities comply with certain basic national standards, "most" haven't implemented recommended but voluntary extra cyber-security measures. Markey and Rep. Henry Waxman are calling on Congress to pass legislation that would give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the power to enforce grid-protecting measures.

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Vincebus
May 26, 2013 3:50 AM CDT
With that rate of unsuccessful attempts..., most are probably from novices and pranksters, irate customers, and brute force grind-awayers, Any formidable attempts like from Chinese elites make it more like a chess game for grid engineers and US Gov security gurus... and, they're stayin' a move or so ahead
No-Left-Turn
May 22, 2013 12:03 PM CDT
So, duh, take the important shit off the Internet. Ever hear of a private network?
g8m3
May 22, 2013 10:49 AM CDT
1. Open a command prompt. 2. type "ping www.uspowerco.com" and hit enter 3. ????? 4. Profit. Congratulations, you just "Cyberattacked" US Power Co. Now you can be a member of Anonymous.