AUSTIN, Texas - Power lines were humming Monday with another Central Texas heatwave in the forecast.
Cutting off the electricity and shutting off the water supply is the purpose of new malware discovered by authorities.
The New York Times reported that a hunt is underway for the hidden program which may be in computer systems that control utilities and communications. It’s believed the malware was planted by operatives from China.
"The article is very good," said cybersecurity expert and president of the Electric Grid Cybersecurity Alliance John Miri.
Miri told FOX 7 Austin the malware is hard to find and clearly not like those used to steal personal information. In the New York Times article, a congressional official said the program from China is essentially "a ticking time bomb."