Utilities Face Risk of Cyberattacks, DHS Official Says

U.S. utilities and other crucial industries face an increasing number of cyberbreak-ins by attackers using more sophisticated methods, a senior Homeland Security Department official told reporters during the first tour of the government's secretive defense labs intended to protect the nation's power grid, water and communications systems. Acting DHS Deputy Undersecretary Greg Schaffer told reporters at one of several nondescript buildings that house Control System Security Program facilities that the world's utilities and industries increasingly are becoming vulnerable as they wire their industrial machinery to the Internet.