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Cyber attacks on national grid systems could cause widespread blackouts (photo:dpa)

Cyber attacks on critical energy infrastructures are increasing globally

Energy is becoming an increasing target for militant extremists, with the Algeria gas plant at In Amenas as the most deadly so far. But energy companies are also becoming increasingly worried over the threat from cyber space to critical energy infrastructures, which is more likely to be carried out by hostile governments and organised crime. This is part four of our series on cyber attacks and looks at just what is at stake and what industry can do about it.

THE ATTACK by an Islamist terror group on the gas plant at In Amenas in Algeria and the subsequent hostage crisis in January 2013 is considered by many security experts to be a watershed moment in North Africa and the worldwide...

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Dr. Frank Umbach
For those doubters that claim that a cyber attack could not interrupt infrastructure, the claim sounds hollow when a faulty network switch can cause traffic chaos for an entire city
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