When it comes to the nation’s power grid, there’s a lot at stake, and enemies know it because they’ve attacked electric utilities hundreds of times within the past several years.
An investigation by USAToday and more than 10 of its community newspapers and television stations across the country found that between 2011 and 2014 alone, there were 362 reported physical and cyberattacks by electric utilities that resulted in partial power outages or disturbances.
Most of the attacks were physical; 14 of them were cyberattacks. But according to the Department of Homeland Security, the number of “cyber incidents” on the nation’s power infrastructure has been on the rise recently.
In 2013, it received 151 reports of “cyber incidents,” compared to 2012 when it received 111. In 2011, that number was considerably smaller at just 31. It’s unclear, however, whether the rise is due to more cyber activity or merely the result of the industry actually reporting those incidents.
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