Senators and other energy sector officials warned Wednesday that foreign adversaries are continuing to target the U.S. electric grid, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has only underscored the dangers. "The threat of cyberattacks by foreign adversaries and other sophisticated entities is real and it's growing," Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski Lisa Ann Murkowski Republicans don’t think Biden really wants to work with them The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden officials brace for worst despite vaccine data GOP lawmakers ask Biden administration for guidance on reopening cruise industry MORE (R-Alaska) said Wednesday during a committee hearing on cyber threats to the grid. "The COVID-19 pandemic has created a unique opportunity for cyber criminals to attack our networks, including critical energy infrastructure." Murkowski pointed to concerns over Russian targeting of the Ukrainian power grid in 2015, and to recently announced indictments by the Department of Justice against two Chinese hackers for targeting a wide range of groups including a Department of Energy site. ADVERTISEMENT “We all know the stakes here,” Murkowski said. “A successful hack could shut down power, impacting hospitals, banks, gas pumps, military installations and cell phone service. The consequences would be widespread and devastating, and only… Read full this story
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