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  • The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant on the banks of the Connecticut River in Vernon, Vt. (Associated Press file)

    Mediocre hackers can cause major damage

    The computer systems that control vital industrial machinery in nuclear power plants, water treatment facilities and many other factories are vulnerable to deadly sabotage by hackers with even moderate skills, security researchers say.


  • The seal of the Department of Homeland Security

    Homemade cyberweapon worries federal officials

    Two security researchers, working at home in their spare time, have created a cyberweapon similar to the sophisticated Stuxnet computer worm that was discovered last year to have disrupted computer systems running Iran's nuclear program.


  • A man chats on his phone as he uses a computer at an Internet cafe in Beijing.

    Chinese databases exposed to hackers

    China is known as an aggressor in cyberspace, but hundreds of Beijing's own government networks are vulnerable to cyber-attack, says one security expert whose hobby is finding back doors into Chinese computer systems.


  • Flood water is released from the Three Gorges Dam's floodgates in Yichang, China, after heavy rains last summer. Critical infrastructure controlled by computers, including dams, pipelines and factories, are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks in China than in other countries, security specialists say. Three Gorges is the largest dam in the world. (Associated Press)

    China open to cyber-attack

    Dams, oil and gas pipelines, factories and other computer-controlled infrastructure are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks in China than in other countries, security specialists say.


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