Cyberattacks Shut Down Four Gas Pipeline Systems


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Many of us have been victims, in one form or another, of electronic attacks on our credit cards, debit cards or various other forms of personal information. Just this week my debit card information was skimmed and used to make several purchases before the card was cancelled.

Computer hackers from all over the world continuously attempt to hack into our national infrastructure systems. Recently some hackers were successful in accessing the electronic data systems of at least four major pipelines in the U.S. forcing the pipelines to shut down their systems. The Department of Homeland Security is currently working to gather information on the attacks.

The pipeline companies do not believe that any of the customers information was compromised but who really knows what data may have been gleaned from these systems. The government has repeatedly warned of these attacks on our energy infrastructure. There is an interesting article in the Gulf Times that goes into more detail.