Top Cybersecurity Official Cites Hacker Threat to Infrastructure

Damage inflicted by corporate data breaches this year pales in comparison to what might happen if a power grid or chemical plant were targeted by hackers or malicious software, a top U.S. cybersecurity official said.

A cyber attack on the nation’s critical infrastructure “could have cascading effects across multiple sectors” and is “another order of magnitude that we have to be worried about now,” Greg Schaffer, acting deputy undersecretary at the Homeland Security Department, said today.

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