In 2016, U.S. intelligence found evidence of foreign attempts to hack into the country’s electric grid – one of the most crucial parts of American infrastructure. The perpetrators planted malware on online publications they knew utility employees read and emailed resumes with tainted attachments to get into secured systems. Last year U.S. officials publicly blamed Russia’s government for this cyberattack, and is now looking at severe penalties against outside entities who try to breach our power system. Host Dan Loney talks with The Wall Street Journal’s energy reporter Rebecca Smith about how she pieced together the steps the Russians took to be able to do all of this in a new investigative piece on Knowledge at Wharton.
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