En­ergy providers warned about hacks

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

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.

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