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Quote of the day: 'I wished I'd had a diaper on'

A demo of the potential impact of hacking on infrastructure gives pause to an Energy Department official.

Federal officials have warned public utilities to be on the look out for possible attacks from hackers, according to a story in the Washington Post.

Patrick Wood III, the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, alerted officials at a meeting in January and has mentioned the topic in public appearances. The concern may have been sparked by his attendance at a demonstration at the Energy Department's Idaho National Laboratory, which simulated the damage that would be caused by cutting off an energy-generating turbine's oil supply.

Wood's reaction? "I wished I'd had a diaper on."