US gas pipelines under cyber attack, could extend to Canada

pipelines under cyberattackThe Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert warning that computer networks connected to privately-owned natural gas pipelines are presently under cyber attack in an “intrusion campaign” that began some four months ago and could extend to Canada.

The “amber” alert, the second highest cyber threat level, has been ongoing since December 2011, when the DHS noted that “multiple natural gas pipeline organizations have reported either attempts or intrusions related to this campaign”.

The reiteration of these alerts coincides with the attempt to push the passage of rival cyber security bills in the House and Senate. The House bill, approved in late April, allows for and encourages companies to share private information that could help avert threats to national security, and offers incentives for voluntary cooperation.

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