Energy Department Warns of 'Imminent' Cyberattack on Grid

On Friday, the energy department warned that the nation's power grid is in "imminent danger" of cyberattacks.

On Friday, the energy department warned that the nation's power grid is in "imminent danger" of cyberattacks. This comes after a report that Russian computer attackers had penetrated a Vermont electrical utility company. The report later turned out to be baseless.

A 494-page report stated, "Widespread disruption of electric service because of a transmission failure initiated by a cyberattack at various points of entry could undermine U.S. lifeline networks, critical defense infrastructure and much of the economy; it could also endanger the health and safety of millions of citizens.” The report also said Congress should update the Federal Power Act to grant the energy department emergency powers over the electrical grid.

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