Sunday, July 9, 2017

Cyberattacks on Nuclear Facilities Threaten Power Grids

One of the scariest books that I have ever read is “One Second After” by William Forstchen. The book is the gripping story of what happens to a small North Carolina town after a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack on the United States. After the EMP destroys the power grids for the entire country, starvation and anarchy become the order of the day. Now it seems that hackers may soon be able to achieve the same result without a nuclear missile.
The New York Times details an urgent joint report by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security that says that hackers have been attacking computer networks of nuclear power and other energy companies since May. The attacks have occurred in the United States as well as other countries.
The extent of the attacks is not known. The report also did not specify whether the goal of the hackers was commercial espionage or something more destructive, such as disabling safety systems or shutting down electric power production and distribution grids. The story cites a joint statement by the FBI and DHS that said, “There is no indication of a threat to public safety, as any potential impact appears to be limited to administrative and business networks.”
According to the report, the hackers appeared to be mapping the computer systems in possible preparation for a future attack. The code used in the attacks has not been fully analyzed to confirm this theory.
Read the rest from David Thornton HERE.

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