Europe’s power grids readied against cyber attack

Published in Horizon, 18 Sep 2015

Alternative transmission lines and encryption protocols could steel Europe’s power grids against a cyber attack – the big question is where to deploy them.

Little has changed in power grids since the first national ones were established in the 1930s. But now scientists, engineers and other experts are rethinking European networks.

The vulnerability of power grids to hackers was demonstrated in 2010, when a computer worm known as Stuxnet derailed nuclear centrifuges in Iran. The worm – which is thought to have been developed by an advanced nation state – was the first known cyber attack on physical infrastructure. […]

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