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‘Connected’ Utilities, Industries in US at High Risk of Cyber Attacks

A senior Homeland Security official in the U.S government has warned that crucial industries within the country are prone to hacking because of their ‘connected’ equipment.

According to Greg Schaffer, the acting Undersecretary in the Department of Homeland Security, hackers are using more sophisticated techniques in targeting industries and businesses today, than ever.

He made the comments on Thursday, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, while participating in the U.S government’s first ever media tour of secretive defense labs, designed to protect strategically important U.S water systems, power grids, as well as other sensitive infrastructures, The Washington Post (opens in new tab) reports.

He also said that one of the primary reasons behind such rising level of threats is the fact that machinery in the industries, today, are wired to the Internet.

Meanwhile, according to a recent revelation by the DHS, the security experts at Idaho National Laboratory had to address at least 116 requests for support last year, while the figure rose exponentially to 342 so far in the running year.

The disclosure made by Schaffer holds a lot of significance, especially if we keep in mind how the US governments, alongside many of its counterparts from rest of the world have been raising the alarm that cyber assaults are going to play a crucial role in future warfare.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.