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'Cyber Disruption' Affected Parts Of U.S. Energy Grid

Abstract: 
There was a disruption that recently hit parts of the U.S. energy grid in California, Utah, and Wyoming, denying operators' visibility of the systems they were monitoring. No blackouts occurred, but the interference was dangerous nonetheless. Additionally, the cyberattack pulled off in this situation was a denial of service attack, which can be simpler attacks to perform, so it is difficult to tell how sophisticated the attackers were. Despite this attack being simple in nature, the power grid in the United States has many layers of resiliency in place guarding against large scale attacks. The biggest takeaway from this article is that the energy grid will always be a target of hackers across the world, and we will need to figure out new solutions to deter hackers from trying to disrupt it.
Author: 
Scott Simon
Institution: 
NPR
Year: 
2019
Input By: 
James Gordon
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Industry Focus: 
Internet & Cyberspace
Country: 
United States
Datatype(s): 
Events