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If there’s an upside to reports over the past week that the U.S. natural gas pipeline sector has been the target of potentially threatening cyber intrusions, at least we know this: the industry voluntarily came forward about it, in this case to a body at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security known as the Industrial Control Systems-Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), which keep tabs on risks to the country’s critical infrastructure and natural resources. As first reported by the Christian Science Monitor, since March DHS has been alerting organizations to a cyber-threat campaign aimed at industry networks (and which investigators believe may be linked to the 2011 cyber attack on RSA, Inc.). Last week, DHS confirmed as much in a public monthly bulletin [PDF], which in addition to describing the cyber attacks in question, also highlighted how DHS came to be alerted in the first place: 

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