NSA veteran chief fears crippling cyber-attack on Western energy infrastructure

The West is losing the worldwide fight against jihadist terrorism and faces mounting risks of a systemic cyber-assault by extremely capable enemies, the former chief of the National Security Agency has warned.

“The greatest risk is a catastrophic attack on the energy infrastructure. We are not prepared for that,” said General Keith Alexander, who has led the US battle against cyber-threats for much of the last decade.

Gen Alexander said the “doomsday” scenario for the West is a hi-tech blitz on refineries, power stations, and the electric grid, perhaps accompanied by a paralysing blow to the payments nexus of the major banks.

“We need something like an integrated air-defence system for the whole energy sector,” he said, speaking at a private dinner held by IHS CERAWeek in Texas.

More insidiously, there is now a systematic effort by state-backed hacking teams to steal technology from Western companies. “This is the biggest wealth transfer in history,” he said.

  • Blacksmith

    This unfortunately will come as news to a lot of people but we have been under this threat for decades.

    • Yup a lot of vulnerable and very antiquated software is out there. Not to mention the physical vulnerability arising from the sheer mass of the “machine”.

      • El Martyachi

        The thing originally conceived to enhance survivability is now arguably the largest liability.

  • moraywatson

    Good news! Ontario does not have to be concerned with a cyber attack on our infrastructure, since Wynne has craftily decided to undermine such efforts with her Scorched Earth Policy.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    If Obama embraced Israel instead of crapping on her, Israel would happily provide the most advanced firewall software in the world that has protected their own government and business entities from constant cyber attacks.

  • Xavier

    Humans seem to be woefully inept at implementing technology for safety and ease of use, be it a kitchen blender or a power generation plant.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Obama’s only concern would be that someone in the middle class still had electricity

  • This has been know for a long time – but don’t expect Obama to defend America – he wants it destroyed.

    • El Martyachi

      Security is a process. There is no magic stuff that saves us from ourselves. The Israelis are secure because they understand this. They do produce some good stuff but it only goes so far.

  • WalterBannon

    NSA Veteran Chief Fears Crippling Attack On Western Energy Infrastructure


    Wynne and other criminal green cult members have already been making crippling attacks on our energy infrastructure…