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'Anonymous' hackers threatens US power grid, official warn
Fox News/WSJ ^ | 2/21/12

Posted on 02/21/2012 9:09:24 AM PST by Kartographer

The director of the National Security Agency warned that the hacking group Anonymous could have the ability within the next year or two to bring about a limited power outage in the US through a cyber attack.

Gen. Keith Alexander, the agency's director, provided his assessment in meetings at the White House and in other private sessions, according to people familiar with the gatherings.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: anonymous; computersecurity; corruption; hackers; preparedness; preppers

1 posted on 02/21/2012 9:09:27 AM PST by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

What is needed is a defense and essential net in the US..that has a air gap between it and internet. There is no way that any civilian computer should be able to access the net that powers our country.


2 posted on 02/21/2012 9:17:40 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Oldexpat

I watched Die Hard 4 last night.


3 posted on 02/21/2012 9:18:41 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Most Conservative in the Primary, the Republican Nominee in the General.)
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To: Oldexpat

once you have 100 million “smart meters” all relying on Windows and Norton Antivirus...


4 posted on 02/21/2012 9:19:14 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kartographer

Well since these people are dubbed “heroes” and no one is even trying to stop them.....


5 posted on 02/21/2012 9:22:20 AM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Kartographer

track ‘em to their IP address, if the fingerprints on the keyboard are theirs.. summary execution seems reasonable as public safety is involved... or use a hemp rope and stay on the green side of the aisle.


6 posted on 02/21/2012 9:30:59 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Kartographer

Has anybody wondered why the left can engage in acts of domestic terrorism and nobody cares?

The Occupiers shut down the port in Oakland, which is an act of terrorism under the law, and Obama and Holder did nothing.

I don’t understand why conservatives are always concerned about what is happening a million miles away and will chase Muslims living in caves across the world when we have enemies on our own soil who want to destroy our country.


7 posted on 02/21/2012 9:31:50 AM PST by radpolis (Liberals: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy)
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To: NormsRevenge

Only the dumb ones operate from their own equipment.


8 posted on 02/21/2012 9:39:24 AM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: Kartographer

Anything on WHY they want to do this? Or is it just the pursuit of general anarchy, and for no real goal?


9 posted on 02/21/2012 9:43:58 AM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 ! We should take off and Newt washington from orbit.)
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To: Kartographer

I wish these people would do something useful. Like bring down the IRS.


10 posted on 02/21/2012 9:51:11 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Kartographer

Makes me wonder if those are Gov’t paid operatives designed to be the fall guy operation for a false flag event.


11 posted on 02/21/2012 9:53:08 AM PST by Rich21IE
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To: Kartographer

I wonder if all the hipsters who saw V for Vendetta and wear the mask have any inkling who Guy Fawkes was and what he represented? Probably not. Also the mantra repeated over and over in the flick, “People shouldn’t fear the govt. Govt should fear the people.”, was used first by the anonymous author of the racist/militia tome, The Turner Diaries.


12 posted on 02/21/2012 9:53:17 AM PST by xkaydet65 (IACTA ALEA EST!!!')
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To: Kartographer

Awww....they’re sooooooooooooo gosh-darned CUTE in their Guy Fawkes Vendetta masks, ain’t they??

And so brave...,sigh...I wanna be just like them when I grow up...


13 posted on 02/21/2012 9:54:14 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Oldexpat

We’ve seen how easily an air-gap can be compromised with a flash drive.


14 posted on 02/21/2012 9:56:59 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: NormsRevenge

If it were only that easy....


15 posted on 02/21/2012 9:59:20 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: Oldexpat
What is needed is a defense and essential net in the US..that has a air gap between it and internet

That would be less secure than what we have today. Essential systems are separated from the internet. Connecting them to each other would reduce security.

16 posted on 02/21/2012 10:00:58 AM PST by Darth Reardon (No offense to drunken sailors)
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To: Kartographer

I thought that, due to the Klan, several states banned masked gatherings??

I’m sure they aren’t as anonymous as they think, how hard is it to follow someone to their home or hotel when you’re trained to do it?


17 posted on 02/21/2012 10:01:27 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: ZX12R

With technology advances this kind of thing is inevitable;

so the poster who said that critical power grids must be made inaccessible to the general public is correct.

Whether it is Anonymous or just a bunch of high school kids performing a prank,

the loophole must be closed.


18 posted on 02/21/2012 10:06:15 AM PST by CondorFlight (I)
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To: NormsRevenge

They used your IP address. Sorry about that, Norm.


19 posted on 02/21/2012 10:27:06 AM PST by Starstruck
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To: Starstruck

Oh vell.. the sentiment came thru anyway. ;-)


20 posted on 02/21/2012 10:31:58 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Rich21IE

Makes me wonder if those are Gov’t paid operatives designed to be the fall guy operation for a false flag event.”

My thoughts exactly. If they were the terrible danger that the government portrays they would be toast, very quickly. Of course our government and it’s loyal and patriotic intelligence and police agencies would never stoop this low to manipulate their fellow citizens.


21 posted on 02/21/2012 10:36:04 AM PST by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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To: radpolis
BUMP and bears repeating

Has anybody wondered why the left can engage in acts of domestic terrorism and nobody cares?

The Occupiers shut down the port in Oakland, which is an act of terrorism under the law, and Obama and Holder did nothing.

I don’t understand why conservatives are always concerned about what is happening a million miles away and will chase Muslims living in caves across the world when we have enemies on our own soil who want to destroy our country.

22 posted on 02/21/2012 10:44:57 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Michael Barnes
Only the dumb ones operate from their own equipment.

Ever wonder why all the PC's at your public library are tied-up by smelly hippies all day?

23 posted on 02/21/2012 10:46:44 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: radpolis
Has anybody wondered why the left can engage in acts of domestic terrorism and nobody cares?

Good question.

24 posted on 02/21/2012 11:04:32 AM PST by GOPJ (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: NormsRevenge
You wouldn't care for that approach if your own computer was appropriated as part of a bot network and was the responsible machine for launching the attack. Your fingers. Your computer. Your IP address. Do you prefer a new or used rope?
25 posted on 02/21/2012 11:50:42 AM PST by Myrddin
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To: Myrddin

new or used.. no matter

just make sure the horse is super tall.. and the tree limb real low


26 posted on 02/21/2012 12:28:25 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: xkaydet65
having not read the turner diaries I am unaware of that quote. However I am familar with this quote, which likely came out before the diaries...

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." -Jefferson.

27 posted on 02/21/2012 12:37:47 PM PST by CJ Wolf
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To: ZX12R
Anything on WHY they want to do this?

Not in the article and neither does it say Anonymous claims it wishes to or is able to.

Unless I've missed it, Anonymous's hacks have all been relatively easy: website DOS and poorly defended targets.

I don't understand this article. Is Anonymous threatening this action? If they can, just how poorly protected does this mean the grid is?

28 posted on 02/21/2012 2:00:37 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: CJ Wolf

Agreed, but it’s disturbing that the quote can be coopted by racist militias and left wing anarcho/ Marxists.


29 posted on 02/21/2012 2:21:15 PM PST by xkaydet65 (IACTA ALEA EST!!!')
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To: NormsRevenge
My DoD customer just went on a certification kick. I'm going to add the "CEH" cert to my resume to meet their expectations. Just started through the study guide. Mostly old hat. Stuff I've been doing for 25 years. Putting the cert on my resume just means it will be "officially" recognized.
30 posted on 02/21/2012 7:39:13 PM PST by Myrddin
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