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Hackers attack the power grid

The weapon used to carry out the next deadly terrorist attack could be a computer. Cybercriminals have hit our nation's power grid. I'm not talking about just once, but multiple times. And the number of attacks is increasing.

Government officials released the Congressional Research Service Report, or CRS report, this month and the number of attacks on our homeland power grids is astonishing. And power grids aren't the only thing that the report says are in danger. Our entire infrastructure is at risk, according to the CRS report.

"The increasing frequency of cyber intrusions on industrial control systems of critical infrastructure is a trend of concern to the electric utility industry," the report says.

"The National Security Agency reported that it has seen intrusions into [industrial control] systems by entities with the apparent technical capability 'to take down control systems that operate U.S. power grids, water systems and other critical infrastructure,'" it continues.

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