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Why a power grid attack is a nightmare scenario

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May
2016

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The threat of an attack on the nation’s power grid is all too real for the network security professionals who labor every day to keep the country safe.

“In order to restore civilized society, the power has got to be back on,” said Scott Aaronson, who oversees the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC), an industry-government emergency response program.

While cyber-security experts and industry executives describe such warnings as alarmist, intelligence officials say people underestimate how destructive a power outage can be.

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