US electricity grid hit by cyber attacks

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  1. RunningOnMT

    RunningOnMT New Member

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/2009040...90408120757;_ylt=Av4vWXJyXS8NM5SGNwTprwONOrgF

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Chinese and Russian cyber-spies have hacked into the US electricity grid and inserted programs that could be used to disrupt the system, a report said Wednesday.

    Quoting unidentified intelligence sources and homeland security officials, the Wall Street Journal said cyber-spies penetrated the system repeatedly last year, without disrupting it.

    "The Chinese have attempted to map our infrastructure, such as the electrical grid," the paper said quoting a senior intelligence official, and "so have the Russians."

    Officials fear bugs have been sown in the system and could be used to disrupt the vital networks at a time of war or crisis.

    Cybersecurity is seen by the US government as a major vulnerability, with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano naming it as one of at least 12 areas up for rapid policy review since she took office in January.

    There are increasing fears that hackers could hijack computer systems which run critical infrastructure facilities, such as power plants, controlling them remotely and causing chaos inside the United States.
     
  2. GunHugger

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    Sounds like this season of 24. :eek:
     

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    And here goes the "fair and impartial" press starting the fearmongering so the sheeple will support Barry's internet control bill:rolleyes: Yes, we do need protection from these sorts of attacks, but letting the feds have total control of information will NOT make us any safer. Maybe someone should tell Barry that no security system is 100% secure.:rolleyes:
     
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    That's a good point and an angle I hadn't thought of. I should learn. They did say this had gone on for years..and apparently we have done the same to them so it does seem strange that it is in the news now.
     
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    Of course, the press is reporting it now because the puppetmasters told them to report it now. The puppetmasters want Barry to get the internet control laws passed so they can clamp down on dissenters:mad::mad::mad::mad:
     
  6. Millwright

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    Ain't exactly "new" news, though......

    The Russians, Chinese, and others have long been targeting our infrastructure for security gaps. We have mostly ourselves to blame for existing vulnerabilities, (exposed and still hidden). Too many of our "nerds" have put far too much reliance upon the net for far too much critical command/control functions to distant, but interactive operations.

    I know I've said this before, but a major "upgrade" in our infrastructure security could be affected by simply pulling the f**king plug ! !!! IOW route all operational/control data via secure lines or transfer protocols and then scan them for sleepers before downloading. But this takes time/money/judgement/anticipation - all scarce commodities in today's world......

    OTOH, release of these "news" stories serves the pogrom our current masters want to inflict; control of the internet..... >MW
     
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