Sunday, October 2, 2011

Report: INL Helped Homeland Security on 342 Possible Threats This Year

Posted By on Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 8:26 AM

An in-depth investigation in the Los Angeles Times included a visit to an inocuous gray office building in Idaho Falls where analysts from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security are working with officials from the Idaho national Laboratory to find and stop "what experts warn is a growing risk to America: a cyber-attack that could disable water systems, chemical plants or parts of the electrical grid."

According to the report, the analysts in the Idaho watch center get their threat information on an ad hoc basis—some from the FBI and intelligence agencies, some from companies, some from news reports. Officials said the lab's experts responded to 116 requests for assistance in 2010, and 342 so far this year.

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