Bills passed to guard energy grid from cyberattacks

US lawmakers has approved a string of bills aimed at securing U.S. energy infrastructure from cyber threats following revelations of Russian cyberattacks targeting grid operators. Lawmakers on a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee approved the bills yesterday, weeks after U.S. officials disclosed that Russian hackers staged a multiyear hacking campaign against the energy grid and other critical sectors.

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In February, DOE said it is planning on upgrading cybersecurity efforts for the American power grid. Funding increases for this year for the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response is $96 million. That represents a fraction of damage an attack could cause.

Some studies predict that cyberattack on 50 generators in the Northeast could leave 93 million people without power and cost the economy over $234 billion.

Just remember that other countries are investing more in the both cyber-attack and defense from it. Russia, Iran, North Korea and others have large-scale, offensive cyberattack programs. Russian military already a crippled computers in Ukraine’s financial system last year. This followed 2015 and 2016 cyberattacks that disabled part of Ukraine’s electric grid.

US security agencies believe that Russia is laying a foundation for a large scale cyberattack on U.S. infrastructure. The Dragonfly 2.0 hackers, identified by Homeland Security as Russian government cyber actors, pursued a prolonged cyberattack on a U.S. power plant and computer networks controlling the grid.

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Puerto Rico is safe then. They are out of power since the hurricane  

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Why is any of our critical grid infrastructure even able to be accessed on the www?

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Wait, they are just now doing something?

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2 minutes ago, Hajga Loma DK said:

Puerto Rico is safe then. They are out of power since the hurricane  

no one can hack candlelight 

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Shocker. I am sure that US, just in last 15 year, did worse stuff than hacking the power grid 

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