Electric Grid

Attack on Electrical Grid Could Collapse Economy
No plan exists to help localities prepare for a lengthy blackout

The control room at Covanta Energy's resource recovery facility in Alexandria, Va., monitors power generation and pollutants (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It was like something from a Hollywood movie, but it was real. At about 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, a computer in an electricity distribution center in western Ukraine seemed to take on a life of its own. While a helpless worker watched, the cursor on the screen moved by itself and clicked on a box that opened a series of circuit breakers — a move that would take the entire power station offline.  

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