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    Posted May 6, 2012 by
    Farmersburg, Indiana

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    4-Month-Long Cyber Attack on Natural Gas Companies


    Natural  gas companies in the United States have been under cyber attack for the  last 4 months and no let up in the attack is seen. Homeland Security  has even issued 3 amber alerts, which is just one step below the most  serious alarm of red.

    A  major cyber attack is currently underway aimed squarely at computer  networks belonging to US natural gas pipeline companies, according to  alerts issued to the industry by the US Department of Homeland Security.

    At  least three confidential "amber" alerts – the second most sensitive  next to "red" – were issued by DHS beginning March 29, all warning of a  "gas pipeline sector cyber intrusion campaign" against multiple pipeline  companies. But the wave of cyber attacks, which apparently began four  months ago – and may also affect Canadian natural gas pipeline companies  – is continuing.

    That fact was reaffirmed late Friday in a  public, albeit less detailed, "incident response" report from the  Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), an  arm of DHS based in Idaho Falls. It reiterated warnings in the earlier  confidential alerts made directly to pipeline companies and some power  companies.


    The  threats from cyber attacks has been on the increase worldwide. The  Department of Defense recently set up a special Cyber Security Command  to deal with threats to the military.

    From  the Cornfield, the dangers we face are no longer restricted to an enemy  we can see, but can come from the technological advances we have made  as the world has become more electronically connected.

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