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Sen. King Warns of Cyber-Security Weakness

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Angus King today told fellow members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that better security is needed to protect the nation's computer-controlled infrastructure.

King said that the nation's electric grid, telecommunications systems and natural gas pipelines are vulnerable to hackers. "We are going to have a serious cyber-attack. The next Pearl Harbor is going to be cyber," he said.

King questioned representatives of several associations about industry efforts to safeguard crucial control systems from hackers. He says, while progress has been made, much more needs to be done to bolster security.