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Cyberattack ‘Wake-Up Call’ Puts Pipeline Industry in Hot Seat

  • Companies weren’t required to report attack to regulator TSA
  • Congressman Latta sees ‘bad actors’ looking to weaken U.S.
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A cyberattack that U.S. natural gas pipeline owners weren’t required to report has lawmakers taking a closer look at how the industry is handling such threats, raising the prospect of tighter regulation.

In website notices to customers this week, at least seven pipeline operators from Energy Transfer Partners LP to TransCanada Corp. said their third-party electronic communications systems were shut down, with five confirming the service disruptions were caused by hacking. But the companies didn’t have to alert the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, the agency that oversees the nation’s more than 2.6 million miles of oil and gas conduits in addition to providing security at airports.