Energy providers warned about hacks
WASHINGTON — Nuclear and other energy providers have been advised by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI that hackers may be trying to breach their computer systems.
Homeland Security said in a statement Friday that there is no threat to public safety. The agency said hackers appear to have tried to breach the business and administrative networks of the facilities. Homeland Security did not identify the facilities.
Homeland Security and the FBI routinely advise the private sector of possible cyberthreats to help officials protect potentially vulnerable networks.
The statement came amid multiple news reports that nuclear and electrical power may have been targeted by hackers. Reuters and The New York Times have previously reported government warnings about the hacking efforts.