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Grid security questioned after Russian sanctions

Grid security questioned after Russian sanctions

Business
March 16 (UPI) -- After the U.S. Treasury Department slapped Russian entities with sanctions for cyberattacks, an industry poll found confidence in grid security is absent.The U.S. Treasury Department revealed Thursday that Russian government actors targetted "multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors" with cyberattacks at least since March 2016.Attendees at an annual Security and Energy conference held in Abu Dhabiin November said cybersecuritty was a major problem for the energy sector. Data from the organizers of the conference said there were nearly 100 cyberattacks reported over the last year by oil and natural gas company leaders and the industry's certification body, DNV GL...
America’s utilities prepare for a nuclear threat to the grid

America’s utilities prepare for a nuclear threat to the grid

Finance
WHEN North Korea said on September 3rd that it had developed a hydrogen bomb, adding that it could be used for a “super-powerful” high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) attack, America’s electricity industry was already on alert. Sceptics tend to dismiss as far-fetched the idea that the rogue regime would knock out the electricity grid by detonating a nuclear bomb high in the atmosphere. Regulators have not mandated safety measures. But the utilities are taking it seriously enough.They are more than a year into a three-year programme, funded by about 60 electricity firms, to understand the potential impact of a HEMP attack on the generation and transmission of electricity, and to find ways to shield the network. Such concerns are not new. In 1962, when America exploded nuclear devices