Wednesday, September 13, 2017
"Someday is today!"
Douhet and Warden would be proud.
"Report: Hackers can now cause blackouts on US electrical grid"
Thanks to American Thinker and the article by Rick Moran.
"It was inevitable that someday, hackers would have the ability to exert control over the U.S. electrical grid. According to the computer security firm Symantec, someday is today."
"Hacking attacks over the last several months that targeted U.S. energy companies have been able to gain 'operational control' over systems, thus threatening blackouts across the U.S., says Symantec."
DENYING THE USE OF THE ELECTRICAL-POWER PRODUCTION NETWORK IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY CYBER ATTACK RESULTS MORE OR LESS THE SAME AS DESTRUCTION BY BOMBING FROM A WARPLANE!
Further from Wired:
"Symantec on Wednesday revealed a new campaign of attacks by a group it is calling Dragonfly 2.0, which it says targeted dozens of energy companies in the spring and summer of this year. In more than 20 cases, Symantec says the hackers successfully gained access to the target companies' networks . . . their [Symantec] forensic analysis found that the hackers obtained what they call operational access: control of the interfaces power company engineers use to send actual commands to equipment like circuit breakers, giving them the ability to stop the flow of electricity into US homes and businesses."
"'There's a difference between being a step away from conducting sabotage and actually being in a position to conduct sabotage ... being able to flip the switch on power generation,' . . . 'We're now talking about on-the-ground technical evidence this could happen in the US, and there's nothing left standing in the way except the motivation of some actor out in the world.'" - - Eric Chien, a Symantec security analyst.
As to the essential nature of electricity as vital to the modern world and the well-being of populations high reliant on sources of electricity, no additional elaboration is necessary. As to WHO the culprit is in this particular instance if anyone knows with certainty they are not saying.
I HOPE SOMEONE HAS DEVISED A PLAN TO COUNTER SUCH AN ATTACK!