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Schumer: Protect power plants from cyber attacks

WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Wednesday called for additional federal infrastructure funding to protect the Niagara Power Project and other New York energy facilities from cyber attacks.

“The reality is our nation’s infrastructure is far too vulnerable to hackers and we must armor ourselves against this growing threat,” said Schumer, D-N.Y. "That is why I proposed a comprehensive infrastructure blueprint that includes a real federal investment to shield and ward off any cyber threats from crippling our critical infrastructure like power plants.”

The New York Times and Bloomberg News recently reported that nuclear plants and other energy facilities appear to have been targeted by cyber attackers. That prompted Schumer to say the Niagara Power Project, the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station in Oswego and other facilities in the state could be vulnerable.

 

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