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  • Getting ready: Pentagon to protect electric grid from massive attack

    04/14/2017 2:37:46 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 66 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 4/14/17 | Paul Bedard
    Amid warnings that North Korea and Iran have plans to take out parts of the U.S. electric grid through a cyber attack or atmospheric nuclear blast, the Pentagon is taking steps to both protect the nation's communications and power lifeline. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has charged BAE Systems to map a system that can detect a cyber attack and gin up an alternative communications network for military and civilian use if the grid is fried, according to Defense Systems, the online newsletter. Former CIA Director James Woolsey has been warning for years that the grid is extremely vulnerable,...
  • Russia Hysteria Infects WashPost Again: False Story About Hacking U.S. Electric Grid

    12/31/2016 10:22:28 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    The Intercept ^ | December 31, 2016 | By Glenn Greenwald
    The Washington Post on Friday reported a genuinely alarming event: Russian hackers have penetrated the U.S. power system through an electrical grid in Vermont. The Post headline conveyed the seriousness of the threat: Russian Hackers Penetrated U.S. Electricity Grid Through A Utility In Vermont, Officials Say The first sentence of the article directly linked this cyber-attack to alleged Russian hacking of the email accounts of the DNC and John Podesta – what is now routinely referred to as “Russian hacking of our election” – by referencing the code name revealed on Wednesday by the Obama administration when it announced sanctions...
  • FirstEnergy offering $5,000 reward after overhead wire stolen in Cleveland area

    11/18/2016 6:53:10 AM PST · by EBH · 22 replies
    Fox 8 News ^ | 11/14/2016 | Jen Steer
    CLEVELAND-- FirstEnergy is offering a $5,000 in hopes of tracking down the person who stole overhead wire and other electrical equipment in the Cleveland area. The suspects may be dressed as utility workers with hard hats and reflective vests, the company said in a news release on Monday. They even go door to door to tell residents about a power outage to stop customers from reporting problems to the Illuminating Company. That gives the thieves more time to the steal the wire. "The individuals are creating a safety and service reliability issue by cutting energized wires and letting them drop...
  • GAO Report: US Still Not Prepared for Possible EMP Attack

    05/04/2016 5:50:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 3, 2016 | 4:20 PM EDT | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Two weeks after North Korea threatened to launch nuclear strikes against the U.S., the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the federal government has still not implemented all of the recommendations made eight years ago to prevent catastrophic blackouts caused by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. The recommendations were made in 2008 by the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electro-Magnetic Pulse Attack (EMP Commission). Although the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have taken actions to prepare against an EMP attack, they “have not established a coordinated approach to identifying...
  • Israel electric grid under severe cyberattack

    01/26/2016 12:16:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    INN ^ | 1/26/2016, 7:27 PM | Gil Ronen
    "Israel is currently experiencing one of the most severe cyber-attack on the Israel National Electricity Authority. We discovered it yesterday; fortunately, The Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources and the Israel National Cyber Bureau are already handling it," said Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources at the third international Cybertech Conference in Tel Aviv Tuesday. [...] The minister went on to underscore the importance of defensive cyber technology: "We need cybertech to prevent such attacks. Cyber-attacks on infrastructure can paralyze power stations and the whole energy supply chain from natural gas, oil, petrol...
  • Let's Worry about a Real Threat

    07/20/2015 2:53:50 PM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | July 20, 2015 | Norman Rogers
    The electric grid is a stellar achievement of civilization. Without the grid, modern civilization would collapse. In the U.S., thousands of electric generating plants are interconnected by thousands of miles of transmission lines. Electricity is generated as it is consumed. These days, there is a lot of tampering with the electric grid. People who wouldn’t know a generator from a turbine are suddenly making no small plans to reform it. We now have good electricity and bad electricity. Good electricity is generated without emitting carbon dioxide (CO2). But that rule is not rigid, because nuclear electricity, and hydro electricity, if...
  • Report: Guilty Knowledge on the Vulnerability of the Electric Grid

    05/11/2015 4:45:15 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/11/15 | Sierra Rayne
    When compared to the costs of the grid going down for an extended time, a few billion dollars is a bargain A report by the Center for Security Policy (CSP) paints a dire picture regarding the vulnerability of the U.S. (and by extension—Canadian) electricity grids from man-made or natural electromagnetic disturbances. The CSP and others in the national security sector have been beating this drum for a number of years, but unfortunately all too little is being done about the risks. William Forstchen even wrote a compelling must-read novel on this topic—One Second After—back in 2009. In 2004, the Commission...
  • Secret Iranian handbook calls for EMP attack on America

    03/19/2015 9:35:26 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    WND ^ | March 19, 2015 | F. Michael Maloof
    General: 'We are ready for decisive battle against the U.S., Zionist regime' WASHINGTON – A “secret” Iranian military handbook, American officials say, confirms that the Islamic Republic of Iran is including in its arsenal a plan to launch a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack on the American national grid system. To carry out such an attack, from a high-altitude nuclear blast, would require Iran to have not only the missiles to launch such a device but also the technology to produce a nuclear explosion. The revelation comes as the United States, along with the P5+1 countries that comprise the United Nations...
  • Conservative stars offer crash-course in saving America (Security summit Saturday for grassroots)

    03/13/2015 7:46:27 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    WND ^ | March 12, 2015 | Garth Kant
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas WASHINGTON – Some of the top minds and leaders in the nation are asking for the help of ordinary citizens to protect America. Conservative stars such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., want to spread word among the grassroots about the greatest dangers America faces and what people can do to effect solutions on a local level. The South Carolina National Security Action Summit is open to the public and will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brookland Baptist Banquet and Conference Center at 1066 Sunset Blvd.,...
  • Woolsey: Threat to electric grid 'keeps me awake at night'

    03/06/2015 11:36:01 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 6, 2015 | James Woolsey
    See interview: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/happening-now/index.html#/v/4097630242001
  • When Iran goes nuclear

    03/06/2015 10:43:41 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 2, 2015 | James Woolsey
    <p>Our attention these days with regard to security is understandably riveted on the Islamic State, or ISIS, and its hideous decapitations, rapes and live immolations. We must deal with the Islamic State, but it is not the gravest threat we face. The Israelis are right — we should awaken to the fact that the coming of a nuclear Iran holds special dangers and requires particularly urgent attention. There are four driving reasons.</p>
  • Forget Climate Change: EMP Attack On Power Grid Could Kill 9-In-10

    05/12/2014 9:26:01 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 100 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 12, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Vulnerability: Expert testimony before Congress on Thursday warned that an electromagnetic pulse attack on our power grid and electronic infrastructure could leave most Americans dead and the U.S. in another century. That dire warning came from Peter Vincent Pry, a member of the Congressional EMP Commission and executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security. He testified in front of the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event could wipe out 90% of America's population. Most people's eyes might glaze over upon mention of the committee...
  • Polar Vortex Highlights Natural Gas-fired Generation Vulnerabilities

    03/05/2014 3:39:13 PM PST · by dickmc · 44 replies
    Electric Light and Power ^ | 02/25/2014 | Teresa Hansen
    For many people in the U.S., me included, this winter has been miserable. The polar vortex, which I'm fairly certain was a term only meteorologists had heard before this winter, has wreaked havoc in much of the country. ... This type of weather affects few, if any, industries more than electricity providers. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which is responsible for balancing the state's electricity supply and demand, reported an all-time high winter peak demand Jan. 7 and was required to issue an alert the day before when some 13,000 MW of generation--3,700 MW of forced outages caused...
  • UPDATE 1-Texas grid extends power conservation call as cold boosts usage, prices

    03/03/2014 4:03:21 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 3, 2014
    The Texas electric grid operator extended its call for residents and businesses to conserve power until Tuesday morning as a late arctic cold front that barreled as far as South Texas boosted the state's electricity consumption to a monthly record on Monday. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state's primary grid, had issued a public call for conservation on Sunday evening, citing freezing temperatures that would strain available generation capacity. "With the continued cold weather, we expect conditions to remain tight, especially during the early evening tonight and early morning hours tomorrow," said Dan Woodfin, director of system...
  • LOW TECH TERROR ON THE GRID - Why the terror attack in Silicon Valley?

    02/11/2014 1:08:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2.10.14 | Jed Babbin
    Sometime before April 16, 2013, one or more people scouted the Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s high-voltage Metcalf substation off Highway 101 near San Jose, California. They went around the unmanned power station at a range of 40-60 yards, marking places from which the transformers’ cooling fins were clearly visible through the chain-link fence with piles of stones. According to a Wall Street Journal report last week, at about 1 a.m. on that April 16, someone cut the telephone lines going to the substation’s location in a manner calculated to be hard to repair. Within about another thirty minutes, shooters...
  • Emergency Alert to Conserve Energy After PG&E Substation Vandalized (Silicon Valley Companies)

    04/16/2013 11:43:39 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 13 replies
    NBC (Bay Area, CA) ^ | 4/16/13 | Lisa Fernandez and Kris Sanchez
    Damage to South Bay substation triggers power alert About 10,000 gallons of oil began leaking Tuesday morning from a transformer at a San Jose PG&E substation, which authorities said was vandalized, possibly damaged by gunfire. The damage prompted the California Independent Service Operator to issue a "Flex Alert" Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for Silicon Valley because of the heavy damage at the substation on Metcalf Road. The agency asked everyone in Northern California, but especially in Silicon Valley, to conserve energy as crews are working to fix the substation's damaged equipment. Power is being rerouted as the work is being...
  • Was Mysterious Attack on Calif Power Station a ‘Dress Rehearsal’ for Much Larger Assault on US grid?

    02/05/2014 11:14:10 AM PST · by yoe · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 28, 2013 | Dave Urbanski
    Although the fact that the still-unsolved attack on a power station near San Jose occurred just a handful of hours after the Boston Marathon bombing — and apparently raised a few eyebrows initially — its ride in the public eye has been decidedly under the radar to date.[snip]Here’s what went down: Around 1 a.m. on April 16, two manholes were entered and fiber cables cut around the PG&E Metcalf substation, which killed some local 911 services, landline service to the substation, and cell phone service in the area, a senior U.S. intelligence official told Foreign Policy. More from Foreign Policy:...
  • Terrorist Threat To U.S. Power Grid Grows

    02/11/2014 11:25:02 AM PST · by raptor22 · 46 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Feb. 7, 2014 | IBD
    War On Terror: New information about a sniper assault on Silicon Valley's phone lines and power grid has raised fears that the nation's power grid is vulnerable to terrorism. The prospect that the unsolved attack on an electrical substation near San Jose just hours after the Boston Marathon bombing in April could have been a terrorist act was raised anew last week by Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. "This is the most sophisticated and extensive attack that's ever occurred on the grid to my knowledge," he told the Associated Press, contradicting FBI denials that terrorism...
  • Report: Massive Vulnerability Detected In National Power Grids: “There Is No Way to Stop This”

    10/20/2013 6:19:38 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 10/20/13 | Mac Slavo
    If you think that our multi-billion dollar electrical power grids are secure and capable of withstanding a coordinated attack, think again. According to one group of engineers, the grid is so vulnerable that it wouldn’t even require a skilled hacker to compromise. In fact, when Adam Crain and Chris Sistrunk decided to test some new software they were developing they identified a vulnerability so serious that it could literally blind operational controllers to such an extent that they would be locked out of monitoring systems and unable to maintain grid integrity. The consequences, according to the engineers who note they...
  • Electrical Grid Is Called Vulnerable to Power Shutdown (SCADA vulnerabilities)

    10/19/2013 5:44:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/18/2013 | NICOLE PERLROTH
    Over the past few months, the discoveries of two engineers have led to a steady trickle of alarms from the Department of Homeland Security concerning a threat to the nation’s power grid. Yet hardly anyone has noticed. The advisories concern vulnerabilities in the communication protocol used by power and water utilities to remotely monitor control stations around the country. Using those vulnerabilities, an attacker at a single, unmanned power substation could inflict a widespread power outage. Still, the two engineers who discovered the vulnerability say little is being done. Adam Crain and Chris Sistrunk do not specialize in security. The...