Hackers cut cities power

Cyber-security experts have long warned of the vulnerability of critical infrastructure like power, transportation and water systems to malicious hackers. Friday, those warnings quietly became a reality: Tom Donahue, a CIA official, revealed at the SANS security trade conference in New Orleans that hackers have penetrated power systems in several regions outside the U.S., and “in at least one case, caused a power outage affecting multiple cities.”

“We do not know who executed these attacks or why, but all involved intrusions through the Internet,” Donahue said in a statement. “We suspect, but cannot confirm, that some of these attackers had the benefit of inside knowledge.” Read the complete article

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