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In March 2007, researchers at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) conducted an experiment labeled the Aurora Generator Test to demonstrate the results of a simulated cyberattack on a power network. In a video released by the Department of Homeland Security, a power generator turbine, similar to many now in use throughout the United States, is forced to overheat and shut down dramatically, after receiving malicious commands from a hacker. The researchers at INL were investigating results of a possible cyberattack directed against a vulnerability that, reportedly, has since been fixed.[1] The video, however, implied that other multiple power generators sharing similar cyber vulnerabilities could potentially be disabled the same way.

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  1. Robert Lemos, "DHS Video Shows Potential Impact of Cyberattack," SecurityFocus.com (Sept. 27, 2007) (full-text).

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