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'Major vulnerability': EV hacks could threaten power grid

The spread of electric vehicles is melding parts of the U.S. power and transportation sectors - and posing a unique problem for grid cybersecurity, experts warn.

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Environmentalists targeted Exxon Mobil. Then hackers targeted them

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating a global hacker-for-hire operation that sent phishing emails to environmental groups, journalists and others.
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The DNC rejects a climate change debate and puts virtual caucusing in doubt

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Pew: Americans see cyberattacks, climate change as biggest threats to U.S.

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In Illinois, utility regulators are playing bigger role in smart-grid cybersecurity

Growing exposure to smart-grid-related cybersecurity risks is forcing state regulators to play a bigger role in preparing utilities for potential threats.
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Species sleuths: Amateur naturalists spark a new wave of discovery

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Hacking the electric grid is damned hard

Bringing down the grid is a lot harder than just flicking a switch, but the danger is real — and it may never go away.

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Russian hackers appear to shift focus to U.S. power grid

This week, the Department of Homeland Security reported that over the last year, Russia's military intelligence agency had infiltrated the control rooms of power plants across the United States. In theory, that could enable it to take control of parts of the grid by remote control.

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U.S. intel chief warns of devastating cyber threat to U.S. infrastructure.

While at first glance this story would appear unrelated to environmental health, it actually covers a story of vital importance to the environment, health, and environmental health.

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AI is the weapon of the next cold war

Fueled by artificial intelligence, the world may be entering — or perhaps already in — another cold war, with Russia leading the way.
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Fort Collins energy firm that uses rice husks to power remote villages attracts $20 million from Shell's venture arm

Husk Power Systems is using a mix of solar energy, battery and a biomass gasifier that uses rice husks as fuel. Each decentralized micro energy grid can power 250 to 300 users at time.
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