New Warning Issued After Public Utility Is Hacked – US Power Grid Vulnerable to Attack

The majority in DC have put the security of our power grid and infrastructure on the back burner. Last year the San Jose, CA substation was a clear test run by terrorists that was successful test run proving they could bring down our power grid with conventional weapons in an unsophisticated style attack. Now we hear about a public utility system that has come under cyberattack. Our enemies around the world know they cannot defeat the US, as beat up as we are, in a gun fight. In a nutshell our power grid and infrastructure is antiquated where no one seems to care about upgrading and reinforcing said systems. DC wants to have hearings and investigative committees to talk about what we already know while they are prepared to help an ally out without a second thought. Those in power will send food and financial aid and even arms around the world costing taxpayers billions more than what is needed, est $2B, to upgrade our power grid and infrastructure!

All Americans should be more alarmed about the threat on our grid than a biological, chemical or EMP type attack from our enemies. If our grid or key utility infrastructures are taken down the loss of life will be much greater than any other attack with WMD’s!

U.S. utility’s control system was hacked, says Homeland Security
by Jim Finkle | Reuters
(Reuters) – A sophisticated hacking group recently attacked a U.S. public utility and compromised its control system network, but there was no evidence that the utility’s operations were affected, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

DHS did not identify the utility in a report that was issued this week by the agency’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT.

“While unauthorized access was identified, ICS-CERT was able to work with the affected entity to put in place mitigation strategies and ensure the security of their control systems before there was any impact to operations,” a DHS official told Reuters on Tuesday.

Such cyber attacks are rarely disclosed by ICS-CERT, which typically keeps details about its investigations secret to encourage businesses to share information with the government. Companies are often reluctant to go public about attacks to avoid potentially negative publicity.

ICS-CERT said in the report posted on its website that investigators had determined the utility had likely been the victim of previous intrusions. It did not elaborate.

The agency said the hackers may have launched the latest attack through an Internet portal that enabled workers to access the utility’s control systems. It said the system used…more