State politicians are warning utility companies of the rising risks from cyber attacks, prompting some companies to unplug critical functions from the internet, according to an Austin American-Statesman story.

U.S Rep. Michael McCaul, an Austin Republican, spoke last week to officials from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Electricity Reliability Council of Texas about the growing threat of a major cyber attack, the newspaper reported.

“This isn’t science fiction,” McCaul told the newspaper. “This is real.”

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