August 25, 2009
LAKE WORTH, Fla. -- When Andres Reyes and Howard Jordan sit down at a
table, they have more than 60 years of power grid experience between
So when the Lake Worth Utilities employees noticed an unauthorized
computer plugged into the power system's mainframe on two separate
occasions, they knew they had a problem.
"If you turn it off, then somebody can come in and do all kinds of
things to the electric system," said Reyes, "as bad as you can turn off
the complete power grid to the state of Florida."
Worried, they took their concerns to everyone they could think of. Last
month, they appeared before the city commission. They said they
eventually gave interviews to the FBI and Department of Homeland
Then on Friday, they said, they were fired.
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