NSA director states China can shut down U.S. electric grids, report indicates

Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, stated that China, as well as “one or two” other countries, is capable of launching cyberattacks to shut down electric grids and other critical infrastructure in parts of the U.S., according to a Thursday AP report.

Rogers made the statement at a House intelligence committee hearing when responding to questioning from Rep. Mike Rogers (R.-Mich.), who chairs the intelligence committee, the report indicates, adding that the NSA director would not identify the “one or two” other countries.  

The head of U.S. Cyber Command stated that U.S. adversaries are regularly performing electronic “reconnaissance,” and said that the Obama administration is working to establish international military cyber operations principles, such as not attacking hospitals, according to the report.

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