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Experts: Hackers might view summit as 'a chance to make a statement'




Experts: Hackers might view summit as 'a chance to make a statement'
Experts: Hackers might view summit as 'a chance to make a statement'



http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_641856.html 

By Mike Cronin
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
September 6, 2009 

Duquesne Light and Alcosan, two of Western Pennsylvania's largest 
utilities, are working to ensure a potential attack to their computer 
systems during the G-20 wouldn't disrupt service to tens of thousands of 
people.

And independent auditors are running tests to make sure that 
Westinghouse Electric Co., which builds nuclear power plants, is 
"equipped to endure any type of sustained (cyber) attack," said Vaughn 
Gilbert, a spokesman for the Cranberry company. "We are taking the steps 
we need to make sure we're not vulnerable."

Representatives for Duquesne Light, the Downtown-based electric company, 
and the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, on the North Side, which 
provides wastewater treatment services to 83 communities including 
Pittsburgh, are re-examining their protocols in all areas, including 
cybersecurity, in advance of the Group of 20 economic summit Sept. 
24-25.

"What we have is pretty important, so we're taking it very seriously," 
Duquesne Light spokesman Joseph Vallarian said. "We've looked at 
everything and have done what we need to and beefed up where we need 
to."

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