Power Grid

FBI Warns of Cyber Threat to Electric Grid

Three months after a Department of Homeland Security intelligence report downplayed the threat of a cyber attack against the U.S. electrical grid, DHS and the FBI began a nationwide program warning of the dangers faced by U.S. utilities from damaging cyber attacks like the recent hacking against Ukraine’s power grid.

The nationwide campaign by DHS and the FBI began March 31 and includes 12 briefings and online webinars for electrical power infrastructure companies and others involved in security, with sessions in eight U.S. cities, including a session next week in Washington.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Living in the 18th century will be a huge pain at first but most of us who survive will get used to it.

    • Little hovel in the snowbank;)

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I can’t speak for other utilities but NERC compliance is a very big deal.
        All the control systems are isolated from the internet.
        Communication systems are quadruply redundant.
        You actually have to walk to a terminal or an interface to interact with any system.
        Much to the consternation of my colleagues who don’t like walking two blocks across the station to see what’s going on.
        Internet connectivity used to be seen as a way of increasing productivity and reducing overtime costs on callouts.
        But, the risk of cyber attack has changed that.
        I’m just pissed off because they still won’t tell me where the guns are.
        I know they are there.
        I know engineers keep knives in their desks.

    • canminuteman

      Except there will be widespread famine because farmers can’t feed us using 18th century methods.

      • Hard Little Machine

        Like I said, huge pain but for the survivors they’ll get over it.

      • karra

        The food couldn’t get to urban centers – the only thing you will see on roads are people on foot, bicycle, or horseback. Of course, once hunger sets in, those still alive will make their way to the country where they will die a difficult death.

        When the lights go out, it’s not just the lights – everything electrical will die unless it’s been protected – hospitals, planes (dropping from the sky), trucks, pacemakers, insulin – all gone – along with most people.

  • Canadian

    And the grids are still on the Internet!
    As if landlines don`t exist anymore.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …these are the low-hanging fruit….https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metcalf_sniper_attack