On December 30th, the Washington Post incorrectly reported that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid through a Vermont utility. While this story ended up being an error as malicious code was found in a computer which was not connected to the grid, it highlights the importance of protecting the U.S. electric grid from cyber-attacks. The federal government, some states and the private sector are implementing programs, especially ones that focus on information sharing, to keep the power grid safe from such threats. I have written a commentary on this subject for The National Interest here.
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