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Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated By Spies




Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated By Spies
Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated By Spies



http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123914805204099085.html 

By Siobhan Gorman
Technology
Wall Street Journal
April 8, 2009

WASHINGTON -- Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and 
left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, 
according to current and former national-security officials.

The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, these officials 
said, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. 
electrical system and its controls. The intruders haven't sought to 
damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but officials warned 
they could try during a crisis or war.

"The Chinese have attempted to map our infrastructure, such as the 
electrical grid," said a senior intelligence official. "So have the 
Russians."

The espionage appeared pervasive across the U.S. and doesn't target a 
particular company or region, said a former Department of Homeland 
Security official. "There are intrusions, and they are growing," the 
former official said, referring to electrical systems. "There were a lot 
last year."

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