Duke Energy battles off electric utility cyberattacks

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The Duke Energy Corp. executive heading electronic protection efforts says the country's largest electric utility is on alert against cyberattacks that aim to hamper the critical flow of power.

A.R. Mullinax says Duke Energy understands clearly that the cyberthreats are real and is listening to U.S. intelligence agencies about potential threats. He says computer systems are under constant attack at the power supplier to more than 7 million customers in six Southeast and Midwest states.

Duke Energy manages dams, nuclear power plants and other types of electricity-generating plants. Those are three of the 16 types of infrastructure critical to American life that the U.S. is focused on protecting from criminal hackers and hostile foreign governments.

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