The power grid has experienced cyber attacks either online or via in person, "every few days," according to federal energy records. More than 50 utility companies have reported that the power grid is "vulnerable" to a "major outage."
The power grid cyber attacks have not yet caused a major loss of electrical power in America, but the small hacks reportedly continue to occur several times each week. In 2013, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported that the federal agency was informed of 151 "cyber incidents," the figure represented a 111 incident increase from the prior year.
Edison Electric Institute has reported that since 2013, the power grid cyber attacks have increased significantly and now "continuously" take place. The United States power grid has more blackouts than any other country in the developed world, according to new data that spotlights the country's aging and unreliable electric system. The data by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) shows that Americans face more power grid failures lasting at least an hour than residents of other developed nations.
Going back three decades, the United States grid loses power 285 percent more often than it did in 1984, when record keeping began. The power outages cost businesses in the United States as much as $150 billion per year, according to the Department of Energy.
In early 2014, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the electrical grid a grade of D+ when it evaluated the system for security and other vulnerabilities. The D+ grade meant that the grid was in "poor to fair condition and mostly below standard, with many elements approaching the end of their service life." The report also maintained that a "large portion of the system exhibits significant deterioration" with a "strong risk of failure."