Want to know something interesting? Our power grids HAVE been hacked by a foreign entity. It was China.
I once asked:
'What will it take for people to take this computer security and cyberterrorism seriously?"
My first response was, “An effective attack on the power grid by a non-state actor in which important people die.”
I quoted from Shane Harris’ book @War, (page 52-53) What most people don’t know is that our power grid has been hit twice (that we know of) in 2003 and 2008.
But because the entity that appear to be behind it was a State Actor (China) the cases were covered up.
As someone said above, these threats are real. They have happened and we haven’t hardened our system.
Who we go after for the attack is important. It is also important to acknowledge attacks are happening if intend to do something about it.
The people in the know at the power company knew it wasn’t “poorly trimmed trees” but do they then go to the public and say, 'China hacked us and blacked out Northeastern US?"
So the didn’t publicly. What they did was go around and harden grids. But still wasn’t enough, so in 2008 China hit a power grid in Florida. That wasn’t made public because …
I’ve now come to realize that not only will it take a power gird attack where someone dies, but an attack that meet the criteria of who they want to blame for the attack. For things to be changed.
Need an excuse to fix your power grid? Who’s the enemy of the day? Russia!
New an excuse to create an interstate Highway system?
Have long flat stretches so they can double as landing strips for bombers (True story!)
When any agency wanted money they just needed to say, 'National Security or Terrorism and they would get funded. Example, the 1 BILLION dollar nudie scanner that Chertoff bought that NEVER WORKED.