David Kirkpatrick

April 8, 2009

US electric grid compromised

Filed under: et.al., Politics, Science, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:46 pm

This is truly scary information. The next terrorist attack on U.S. soil isn’t necessarily coming from Islamacist extremists, and you can bet it’s not going to be commercial jets used as battering rams. And, no, it’s not going to be Obama’s “fault” any more than 9/11 was Bush’s fault.

From the link:

Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials.

The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, these officials said, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls. The intruders haven’t sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but officials warned they could try during a crisis or war.

“The Chinese have attempted to map our infrastructure, such as the electrical grid,” said a senior intelligence official. “So have the Russians.”

The espionage appeared pervasive across the U.S. and doesn’t target a particular company or region, said a former Department of Homeland Security official. “There are intrusions, and they are growing,” the former official said, referring to electrical systems. “There were a lot last year.”