On Friday January 18, 2008 the SANS Institute published an article on the US Central Intelligence Agency's announcement Wednesday that a recent multi-city power outage was caused by “cyber intrusions” . Extortion demands followed this attack. Investigations are underway to discover precise details regarding how the attack was executed. The CIA has already confirmed that the internet was the main avenue used in this attack. Insider knowledge is also suspected.
As we expand the utility system in the US, how will utility security affect the bottom line ($/kWh)?