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What electric utilities can learn from the Vermont hacking scare  

robert walton | utility dive | 10 january 2017 

To read the full article in Utility Dive, click here.

Burlington Electric probably wasn't hacked by the Russians, and the grid was never at risk. 

But when the overblown story broke last month — the result of an investigation leak and erroneous reporting by the Washington Post — it didn't surprise many people. An electric utility being hacked is a growing concern for an industry that has traditionally viewed itself more about physical assets than encrypted web pages.

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Hacking attempts are becoming more common, and the rollout of new technologies onto the grid has created vulnerabilities. A new report from PA Consulting, for instance, finds smart meters "represent one of the most acute cyber attack vectors to distribution networks," and warned early adopters may be most at-risk of a cyber breach.

"It is clear that energy companies and utilities will continue to become increasingly susceptible to these cyber threats," the consulting firm concluded.

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