Watching Government: Cyber-supply shocks

06/04/2001
Forget the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Ignore Saddam Hussein. Okay, well, maybe don't ignore Saddam. But US officials suggest an anonymous computer hacker could be an even greater threat to energy security. Drilling for oil may seem to be protected from computer attacks, but nearly all aspects of the energy business are as dependent as any other sector on the internet and computers to carry out routine operations, US officials say. Oil refineries, gas pipelines, power plants, and the electric transmission grid are all critical infrastructures vulnerable to cyber threats.US officials say they have worked hard to make the internet and government web pages less open to...
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