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DHS & GAO Warn Of Vulnerable Power Grid

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 Federalism—the division of power between federal and state governments—is making the nation’s electrical grid less safe and more vulnerable to attack by thieves as well as by terrorists. According to a new report released by the Government Accountability Office last week, the number of malicious software and online attacks on U.S. computer networks has tripled in the last two years.

“Terrorists, hackers, and other non-government groups all have the desire and are trying to gain the ability to get into our electricity infrastructure,” Gregory Wilhusen, director for information security at GAO, said recently. “The impact of widespread outages could have national security implications. And, in residential areas, it not only affects homes and customers. It also has major effects on commerce.”

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