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  • Experts: North Korea Targeted U.S. Electric Power Companies

    10/11/2017 4:49:32 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    NBC ^ | OCT 10 2017
    Experts: North Korea Targeted U.S. Electric Power Companies by ANDREA MITCHELL and KEN DILANIAN WASHINGTON — The cybersecurity company FireEye says in a new report to private clients, obtained exclusively by NBC News, that hackers linked to North Korea recently targeted U.S. electric power companies with spearphishing emails. The emails used fake invitations to a fundraiser to target victims, FireEye said. A victim who downloaded the invitation attached to the email would also be downloading malware into his or her computer network, according to the FireEye report. The company did not dispute NBC's characterization of the report, but declined to...
  • South Korea developing graphite 'blackout bombs' to paralyse North's electrical grid

    10/09/2017 2:18:28 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 10-09-2017 | Julian Ryall
    South Korea is ready to deploy graphite bombs - also known as "blackout bombs" - that will paralyse North Korea's electrical power plants in the event of war breaking out on the peninsula. Blackout bombs were first used by the United States in Iraq in the 1990 Gulf War and work by releasing a cloud of extremely fine, chemically treated carbon filaments over electrical components. The filaments are so fine that they act like a cloud, but cause short circuits in electrical equipment. South Korea is actively looking to increase its defensive capabilities against the North and has been keen...
  • The EMP Threat From North Korea Is Real, and Terrifying

    04/26/2017 8:02:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 157 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 4/25/2017 | John R. Moore
    While the total wipeout depicted in One Second After is probably exaggerated, the effects could knock out our power grid for months, and destroy critical communications and computer systems. As former CIA chief James Woolsey recently said: If you look at the electric grid and what it's susceptible to, we would be moving into a world with no food delivery, no water purification, no banking, no telecommunications, no medicine. All of these things depend on electricity in one way or another. In such a situation, there simply is no way to rule out the possibility that hundreds of millions could...
  • Pentagon Works To Protect Power Grid Amid Fears Of Attack By North Korea

    04/15/2017 12:11:29 PM PDT · by Fennie · 20 replies
    WJ ^ | April 14, 2017 | By Jack Davis
    In the wake of warnings that America's power grid could be vulnerable to attack by nations such as North Korea, the Pentagon is developing a solution. The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency and BAE Systems are developing alternative communication networks for use in the event of a cyberattack on the grid.
  • Massive power outage hits San Francisco. BART station, cable cars, traffic lights.

    04/21/2017 11:43:40 AM PDT · by johnk · 50 replies
    SFGATE.com ^ | Updated 11:19 am, Friday, April 21, 2017 | By Sarah Ravani and Jill Tucker
    A massive power outage in San Francisco caused a blackout Friday morning in neighborhoods across the city, from the Financial District to the Presidio, forcing the closure of businesses, a BART station, cable car service and a federal courthouse, officials said. A spokesman for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said 95,000 customers lost power and that there had been a fire at a substation at Larkin and Eddy streets. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the fire caused the outage, which swept through the city shortly after 9 a.m., or was ignited as a result of the outage. As of 11...
  • San Francisco hit with massive power outage

    04/21/2017 10:46:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    A widespread power outage in a large swath of San Francisco affected several neighborhoods, prompting officials to close a train station while crews worked to restore electricity. Power strug
  • NIGHTMARE COMMUTE: Power Problems Strand Subway Riders, Create Major Delays Systemwide

    04/21/2017 9:23:08 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 15 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 4/21/2017 | Staff
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Platforms were packed and some riders were stuck underground in the dark after a power outage in Midtown Manhattan backed up trains all over the city, making for a nightmare commute during the Friday morning rush hour. Hundreds of riders were packed inside a D train when it got stuck in a tunnel just short of the subway stop at Seventh Avenue and 53rd Street after the signals lost power around 7:30 a.m. “It was not comfortable,” one rider told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell. “They were just like we’re going to stay here momentarily because there’s a...
  • Could The Power Outages Of April 21, 2017 In SF, NY, and in NJ Possibly Have Been Terror Related?

    04/22/2017 5:42:30 PM PDT · by davikkm · 71 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    I am in acceptance at this time that the power outages of April 21, 2017 in San Francisco, New Jersey, and New York were terror related. Think about this first and foremost: San Francisco’s power supply is controlled by Pacific Gas and Electric, most of Los Angeles is controlled by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power while other areas are controlled by Southern California Edison and much of New York City is controlled by ConEdison. In other words, the power systems of the three cities, all of which are either far or very far from one another are...
  • 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...