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Electrical grid vulnerable to attack

I have to think that if people working for public utilities didn’t expect the federal government to bail them out, security of the infrastructure would be a top concern.

One Per Cent: Attack on US grid would be worse than hurricane Sandy

Late to the party, but still talking sense. In a report written in 2007 but released only this week, the National Research Council – an independent organisation that advises the US government on science and technology policy – warns that the national power grid is inherently vulnerable to terrorist attack. Such an attack could cause more damage than hurricane Sandy, say the authors, “blacking out large regions of the country for weeks or months and costing many billions of dollars”.