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Exposed Weaknesses In America’s Power Grid Are Greatest Threat To Our Way Of Life

The American Power Grid has been exposed for the risks it puts every single American life at.

Advancements in technology, along with foreign government sponsored hackers has grown to be a greater risk to America than even a nuclear bomb.

The ease of obtaining powerful technology puts the ability to strike the United States where we are vulnerable squarely into the hands of enemy nations that otherwise had no chance of achieving a successful attack against our homeland.

Every 45 minutes the United States is the victim of over 2500 cyberattacks from China Alone.

Russia and North Korea, along with China, all house government sponsored Hacker on campuses the size of mid-tiered American universities.

Main stream media briefly touched on this topic only to quickly sweep it under the rug when they feared it could cause widespread panic.

1Today I have compiled some of the more recent Top Stories to put news on the important topic in one place for you to quickly and easily digest.

Russia and North Korea, along with China, all house government sponsored Hacker on campuses the size of mid-tiered American universities.

Main stream media briefly touched on this topic only to quickly sweep it under the rug when they feared it could cause widespread panic.

Today I have compiled some of the more recent Top Stories to put news on the important topic in one place for you to quickly and easily digest.

New Terror Threat: America’s Power Grid,

Blackout Could Kill Millions

The Washington Examiner recently reports that Former top Government officials have been warning Washington about the vulnerability of the nations largely unprotected power grid and are raising new fears that troops from the jihadist Islamic State are poised to attack the system, leading to a power crisis that could kill Millions.

“Inadequate grid security, a porous U.S.-Mexico border, and fragile transmission systems make the electric grid a target for ISIS,” said Peter Pry, one of the nation’s leading experts on the grid.

Others joining Pry at a press conference later Wednesday to draw attention to the potential threat said that if just a handful of the nation’s high voltage transformers were knocked out, blackouts would occur across the country.

“By one estimate, should the power go out and stay out for over a year, nine out of 10 Americans would likely perish,” said Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy in Washington.

Small-scale Power Grid Attack Could Cause Nationwide Blackout, Study Says…

According to Fox News the U.S. could suffer a national blackout if attackers knocked out just nine of the country’s electric-transmission substations on a hot summer day, according to a previously unreported study by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The study concluded that coordinated attacks in each of the nation’s three separate electric systems could cause the entire power network to collapse, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the agency’s research.

The commission concluded that the three electrical systems that serve the entire nation could go dark if as few as nine of the country’s 55,000 electric-transmission substations were knocked out in the East, the West and in Texas, according to the report.

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“This would be an event of unprecedented proportions,” Ross Baldick, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, told the newspaper.

According to Wall Street Journal, study’s results have been known for months by the White House, Congress and officials at federal agencies, who were briefed by then-FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff and others at the commission.

Wellinghoff has voiced concerns about an April 2013 attack on Pacific Gas & Electric’s transmission substation in Metcalf, Calif., that lasted 52 minutes and knocked out 17 transformers.

damageThe attack started when at least one person entered an underground vault to cut telephone cables, then attackers fired more than 100 shots, causing millions in damage.

Workers were able to avert a blackout but it took them 27 days to repair the damage.

No arrests have been made in the case. A memo prepared at the commission for Wellinghoff before he briefed senior officials last year said “the entire United States grid would be down for at least 18 months, probably longer” if attackers knocked out just nine substations.

The California attack “demonstrates that it does not require sophistication to do significant damage to the U.S. grid,” according to the memo, which was written by Leonard Tao, FERC’s director of external affairs, and reviewed by The Journal.

The memo suggested that an attack-induced blackout could be particularly long, in part because each of the three regional electric systems—the West, the East and Texas—have limited interconnections, limiting their ability to assist each other in the event of an emergency, The Journal reported.

NSA Director Says Chinese Cyber Hackers Can Shut Down U.S. Power Grid

Inquisitr revealed that NSA Director Michael Rogers says that Chinese cyber hackers can shut down the power grid in the United States and essentially end life as we know it in America.

According to the federal official, China and “one or two” other countries are capable of launching cyberattacks that terminate the ability of the power grid to function and shut down other “critical systems” nationwide.

The real possibility of massive and devastating power grid cyberattacks has long been discussed by both national security experts and the five million prepper families in the United States, but has not officially been confirmed by a “top cyber official” in the federal government until now.

Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, not long after leaving office, that a cyberattack on the power grid was a matter of “when,” not “if.”

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During a House Intelligence Committee hearing, NSA Director Michael Rogers said “adversaries” of the United States are currently engaging in “electronic reconnaissance” on a regular basis.

Such activities are being conducted in order to ensure that China and other adversarial nations are “in a position to disrupt the industrial control systems” such as the power grid, which enable food and medication delivery and allow chemical facilities and water treatment plants to function.

The NSA director also said, “All of that leads me to believe it is only a matter of when, not if, we are going to see something dramatic.

[In cyberspace] You can literally do almost anything you want, and there is not a price to pay for it.”

And it is not just Hackers that pose a threat to the American Power Grid. With terror cells already inside the United States, recent attacks on power stations by individuals expose just how vulnerable our power sources really are.

Threat to the grid?

Details Emerge Of Sniper Attack On Power Station

Fox News recently reported Newly reported details about a 52-minute sniper attack on a central California electrical substation last year are raising concerns from Capitol Hill and beyond, amid questions over whether it was the work of terrorists.

The April 16, 2013, attack had not been widely publicized until The Wall Street Journal reported new details in a story on Wednesday.

The attack reportedly started when at least one person entered an underground vault to cut telephone cables, and attackers fired more than 100 shots into Pacific Gas & Electric’s Metcalf transmission substation, knocking out 17 transformers.

Electric officials were able to avert a blackout, but it took 27 days to repair the damage.

The FBI doesn’t think the incident was a terror attack, an agency spokesman told the Journal.

However, Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the time, disagrees.

“Our Death Toll Would Be Staggering”

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Wellinghoff, a now-retired George W. Bush appointee, called it “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the U.S. power grid that has ever occurred.”

No arrests have been made in the case. But the Republican-led House Energy and Commerce Committee said Wednesday that lawmakers continue to follow the probe and that protecting the grid remains a top priority.

“We are aware of the attack and continue to monitor the investigation closely,” a committee spokeswoman told FoxNews.com. “Committee staff has been briefed by agency officials and industry representatives.

The security and reliability of the grid is a pressing concern, and we will continue our work to mitigate all emerging threats.”

 

New ISIS threat: America’s Electric Grid,
Blackout Could Kill 9 of 10

isisFormer top government officials who have been warning Washington about the vulnerability of the nation’s largely unprotected electric grid are raising new fears that troops from the jihadist Islamic State are poised to attack the system, leading to a power crisis that could kill millions.

“Inadequate grid security, a porous U.S.-Mexico border, and fragile transmission systems make the electric grid a target for ISIS,” said Peter Pry, one of the nation’s leading experts on the grid.

Others joining Pry at a press conference later Wednesday to draw attention to the potential threat said that if just a handful of the nation’s high voltage transformers were knocked out, blackouts would occur across the country.

“By one estimate, should the power go out and stay out for over a year, nine out of 10 Americans would likely perish,” said Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy in Washington.

At the afternoon press conference, Gaffney dubbed the potential crisis the “grid jihad.”

A lack of electricity would shut off water systems, impact city transportation services and shutdown hospitals and other big facilities. Fresh and frozen foods also would be impacted as would banks, financial institutions and utilities.

Pry provided details of recent attacks on electricity systems and said that ISIS could easily team with Mexican drug cartels to ravage America.

MEXICO-DRUGS/He told Secrets, for example, that the Knights Templar drug gang blacked out the electric grid of the Mexican state of Michoacan in 2013 to provide cover for killing those fighting the drug trade.

“The Knights Templars and other criminal gangs in Mexico will do anything for money, and ISIS, the richest terrorist organization in history, has hundreds of millions of dollars at its disposal,” said Pry.

“ISIS could hire one of the Mexican cartels, or one of their criminal gangs already in the U.S., or activate jihadist terror cells already in the U.S., and inflict a multi-state blackout immediately, within days or weeks.

Perhaps even a nationwide blackout,” Pry explained to Secrets.

“I am not saying it is likely they will do so. But given the capabilities and objectives of ISIS and our obvious vulnerabilities, it would be foolish to ignore the threat to the grid, to regard the threat as unlikely. Our planning should be based on imminent asymmetrical threats, and not assume that another 9/11 large-scale attack is years away,” he added.

The Texas Department of Public Safety recently said they believe there is evidence that ISIS plans an attack.

Pry, Gaffney and others have been pushing Congress to protect the electric grid from attacks including terrorists, assaults by U.S. foes like North Korea and even sun spots that can zap unprotected transformers with electromagnetic pulse.

Congress is looking at legislation to protect the grid via the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act.