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23 March 2009

Securing the Smart Power Grid from Hackers

from Business Week by Katie Fehrenbacher

Why is a smarter power grid so vulnerable? Joe Fagan, an attorney for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman who has spent his career representing the energy industry, including extensive work with FERC, explained that transforming the power grid's largely one-way distribution network into a two-way system delivers many more points of contact with the network. And if the power grid is to be run by networks based on Internet Protocol, hackers have spent years developing the tools needed to take such networks down.

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