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Department of Homeland Security Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report for 8 January 2008

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  • The Associated Press reported that hundreds of thousands of Californians were still without power after a series of fierce storms pounded the state over the weekend and toppled nearly 500 miles of power lines. More than 145,000 homes and businesses in Northern California and the Central Valley were in the dark Sunday, down from more than 215,000 earlier in the day, ahead of rain and snow that were forecast to return again soon. In all, more than 2 million customers from the Oregon border to Los Angeles have lost power since the storms arrived Friday. (See items 1)

  • According to Computer Weekly, hackers may be able to access aircraft flight and management systems in Boeing’s new mid-range jet, the 787-8. The FAA said that there are links between the networks that run the passenger “domain,” which allows passengers to access the internet during flights, and aircraft-management systems. A Boeing spokesman said the aircraft maker was aware of the problem and would test its fix in March. (See item 11)

DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report Fast Jump

Production Industries: Energy; Chemical; Nuclear Reactors, Materials and Waste; Defense Industrial Base; Dams

Service Industries: Banking and Finance; Transportation; Postal and Shipping; Information Technology; Communications; Commercial Facilities

Sustenance and Health: Agriculture and Food; Water; Public Health and Healthcare Federal and State: Government Facilities; Emergency Services; National Monuments and Icons

Energy Sector

Current Electricity Sector Threat Alert Levels: Physical: ELEVATED, Cyber: ELEVATED

Scale: LOW, GUARDED, ELEVATED, HIGH, SEVERE [Source: ISAC for the Electricity Sector (ESISAC) [http://www.esisac.com]

1. January 7, Associated Press – (California) Many without power for days as rain, snow continue in California. Hundreds of thousands of Californians were still without

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