Cyber Attacks on U.S. Power Grids Can Be Deterred With Password Changes

A key to preventing cyber attacks from crippling U.S. power grids could be changing passwords on internet routers, wifi-connected thermostats and smart lawn-sprinklers.

“A significant share” of internet attacks result from unchanged factory default passwords on web-connected devices that allow hackers to break in and and install malware, according to a Jan. 18 report by the Advanced Energy Economy Institute.

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