Electricity Threat: U.S. Power Grid Vulnerable to Attack

According to a new report from Fox News, U.S. cybersecurity officials warn that our electrical grid could be a target for attack. Hackers sponsored by China and terrorist organizations could potentially bring the country to its knees by exploiting our dependence on electricity. Last week, Admiral Michael Rogers of the NSA told Congress that our nation’s enemies regularly conduct recon missions to find out where we would be vulnerable to such an attack. He warned that the power grid was not the limit of these missions; hackers could also find ways to take advantage of weaknesses in sewage facilities and other forms of infrastructure vital to American life.

Rogers also claimed that China was not the only concern. Without going into specifics, he said that “one or two” other countries would also have the resources necessary to mount a cyber-attack with devastating consequences. He implored lawmakers to understand that a strategy based in defensiveness was a losing one.

According to experts, such an attack is not only possible, the United States and Israel have proven that it can be done. A cyberattack was launched by the two allies against Iran in 2010, infecting Tehran’s Natanz nuclear facility with a virus known as Stuxnet. That virus, delivered by thumb drive, is believed to be responsible for taking a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges offline.

According to geopolitical experts, the main thing preventing such an attack is not security but rather our economic ties to China. While our relations with the communist regime are often strained, China and the U.S. rely on each other in a number of financially beneficial ways. There is also, of course, the matter of retaliation. China wants as little to do with a U.S. war as we do with them. That opens the door to a kind of Cold War philosophy, where two countries shy away from direct conflict because of the devastation such war would bring to both.

National Blackout?

Experts have in the past denied that a large-scale attack on the U.S. power grid would be possible, claiming that such a plan would be seen as an act of war and would thus be unlikely to come to fruition. However, that only eliminates state-sponsored terrorism. It is doubtful that ISIS, for instance, would see such a threat as any deterrent at all. And while relatively-small organizations like ISIS may not be capable of such an attack today, there’s no telling what the future could bring.

Besides, even a small attack could create a national blackout, as a report earlier this year from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pointed out. According to their study, attackers would be able to take the entire country off the grid with just nine substation attacks. And it wouldn’t have to be high-tech in nature. The report noted an April 2013 attack on a Pacific Gas & Electric substation in California that managed to take 17 transformers offline. That attack was accomplished not through cyber-infections but with knives and guns.

Now, as ever, America must remain vigilant against her adversaries. It is more important than ever to prepare on both a personal and political level, which means shoring up our homes and electing representatives who will put national security first. It does no good to wait until after an attack to make preparations.

 

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  1. If it’s true about Our electrail grid could be attacked how about We do something about it now!

    • With the head terrorist sitting right in our white house, that will be fluffed off as utter nonsense and he won’t allow any pre-emptive action to take place. If you can remember, his LIFELONG GOAL has been to bring this country to its knees – – and thus far, he’s succeeding, with everyone just sitting back and watching it happen! Even the GOP now says that they will NOT pursue impeachment, but rather just sue him. And he laughs……because he KNOWS that lawsuits can be stretched out forever!!

    • Like disconnect China and a few others from the Internet?

  2. This is not news.. The Power grid has be venerable to attack since 1984 when people starting getting personal computers. The only sway to secure the grid would be to have a LIMITED completely separate version of the internet that would only accessed from Secure locations. Secure locations means no connection in any way to the internet the rest of us use.. Problem is this would cost money and no congressman is going to purpose this in the current environment.

  3. How about we all get on the solar and wind power and not worry about it. I am looking at a home to buy in Az that is located in a golfing resort and where the entire resort is powered by solar. It will save me a lot of money every year on electric and I would not have to worry about an attack on our power grid affecting my home. Now if all the stores and shopping centers along with the hospitals in that area would go on solar power, it would help eliminate the downing of our power grid not even something to consider. I also read where they are making solar roads to power our vehicles, now wouldn’t that be wonderful in helping eliminate the need for using that overpriced gasoline and saving us from the pollution from oil as well. I took a class recently learning about solar power and how it works, it was pretty interesting and very doable, they even have solar paint available now, it was amazing.

    • And it will be your luck to have a terrorist drone swing by and destroy it for you. I wouldn’t put anything past this HNIC!!

      • LOL I will get my own terrorist drone. They are not very expensive and I am sure that with technology today it can be rigged up with a camera and a sensor to detect a terrorist.
        I am just saying that if we were on a solar system and a wind system throughout they cannot take everybody out and disrupt our country with a blackout.

  4. Since the Right seems to be completely disinterested in supporting public investment to our national infrastructure, including our electric grid, it’s not surprising that we are vulnerable. C’mon Congress, let’s fix this!

  5. Am seriously considering the same and will decide next year hopefully early on! But have to convince my wife of 57 years, Gonna` keep on trying Tho!

  6. VILE LIBERAL SCUM know the grid is venerable to outside forces. They actually enjoy the suffering they cause others. With today’s technology the grid does not need to be on physical lines. Microwave is only one way to transmit power. NAZI elitists believe too many human beings are alive and they are actively looking for some excuse to murder as many of us as possible. Hence the Global warming SCAM. Now updated to be Climate Change which is a continuation of the SCAM.

    I believe this EARTH has the potential to support as many human beings as can be born. We all could live in luxury if resources could be equally shared. As long as EVIL exists this simply cannot happen!

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