Increased use of natural gas exposes U.S. to cyber attacks, FERC chairman says

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A full moon helps illuminate the Alaskan pipeline under the faint glow of the Aurora Borealis November 19, 2002 near Milne Point, Alaska.

A Senate hearing on Thursday focused on the threats to energy infrastructure from hackers, including to natural gas pipelines.

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ hearing follows the U.S. intelligence community’s publication of worldwide threats, which include the ability of China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea to disrupt critical infrastructure.

Neil Chatterjee, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, discussed the need for bolstering the U.S.’s ability to defend against cyber attacks that could paralyze access to power.

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