Hackers threaten power network

Thursday, 2 October 2003, 2:25 PM EST

Employees at Statkraft, Norway's largest power producer, are being forced to use tremendous resources to maintain the so-called "fire walls" in its computer system. If they fail, Norway may be subject to the same kind of massive power failures that recently hit Italy, eastern Canada and the US.

"We have daily visits from trespassers who try to break into our system," Tor Inge Akselsen of Statnett told newspaper Aftenposten Tuesday. Statnett is in charge of Norway's power network.

Neither Statkraft nor Statnett know who they're up against, only that it's critically important to keep their systems secure.

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