Infrastructure security powers up
He may not have known it at the time, but Lonnie Charles Denison helped prove the need for tighter security at many infrastructure businesses when he launched a multifaceted attack against California Independent System Operator, a quasi-governmental agency responsible for management of the state's power grid.
Close to midnight on April 12, Denison -- who had been working for a contractor hired by Cal ISO -- allegedly used his employee credentials to gain access to a datacenter at the Folsom, Calif.-based organization.
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