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China and probably “one or two” other countries have the capacity to use a cyber attack and shut down the entire United States power grid, a catastrophe that could lead to significant loss of life, NSA Director Michael Rogers told a House panel Thursday.
“This is not theoretical,” Rogers said.
Rogers’ stark words came only three weeks after a report by the Pew Research Center predicted that by 2025, the nation will suffer a “major cyber attack” that will cause “widespread harm,” substantial loss of life and damage in the tens of billions of dollars.
Pew surveyed 1,625 computer and Internet experts for the report, and Rogers told the panel he did not disagree with it. He said the attack could shut down not only the power grid but other critical infrastructure.
Rogers also serves as…
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