US electrical grid attacks on the rise, facility vulnerability exposed | USA TODAY

Experts have warned for more than three decades that stepped-up security was needed for the nation's power grid.

Even before Christmas Day attacks on power substations in five states in the Pacific Northwest and Southeast, similar incidents of attacks, vandalism and suspicious activity were on the rise.

Federal energy reports through August – the most recent available – show an increase in physical attacks at electrical facilities across the nation this year, continuing a trend seen since 2017.

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