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Cyber raises threat against America's energy backbone

Five years ago, an attack on nearly two dozen U.S. natural gas utilities set off alarm bells in the U.S. intelligence community. A hacker using the nickname UglyGorilla stole troves of sensitive data from gas pipeline companies, breaching the nation's 300,000-mile web of steel that's a critical backbone for the nation's economy. Since then, increased reliance on natural gas for power generation has made the gas transmission system one of the most consequential hacking targets in the country.

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