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‘For the Record’: How Hackers Can Use the ‘Smart Grid’ to Cause a National Disaster

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Experts have told For the Record that the United States electrical grid could completely collapse if the nation were ever targeted by an electromagnetic pulse — an EMP — or by a coordinated attack by a small group of gunmen taking out power substations.

The number of conventional and cyberattacks directed at the country’s electrical grid is growing each year, and congressional studies show that if such an attack were successful, it would result in a catastrophe that the American people are not prepared to face.

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