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  • “Grid Jihad”: What If You Had a Week to Prep for the End of the World?

    09/04/2014 6:21:37 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 229 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9/4/14 | Daisy Luther
    Pry provided details of recent attacks on electricity systems and said that ISIS could easily team with Mexican drug cartels to ravage America. He told Secrets, for example, that the Knights Templar drug gang blacked out the electric grid of the Mexican state of Michoacan in 2013 to provide cover for killing those fighting the drug trade. “The Knights Templars and other criminal gangs in Mexico will do anything for money, and ISIS, the richest terrorist organization in history, has hundreds of millions of dollars at its disposal,” said Pry. “ISIS could hire one of the Mexican cartels, or one...
  • Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future

    08/23/2014 9:34:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 23, 2014 10:33 AM EDT | Matt Hamilton
    Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open. Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. Others tout their upscale amenities like plush towels and marble baths. A bathhouse in Ohio has even added hotel rooms and a nightclub. […] In the heyday of bathhouses in the late 1970s, there were nearly 200 gay bathhouses in cities across the U.S., but by 1990, the total had dropped to approximately 90, according to Damron, the publisher of an annual gay travel guide. In the last decade, bathhouses,...
  • Are inverter generators worth the higher price?

    07/03/2014 5:39:13 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 64 replies
    yahoo ^ | 7-2-14 | Ed Perratore
    There’s nothing like the approach of a possible hurricane, such as this season's first named storm, Tropical Storm Arthur, to get everyone in its expected path thinking about generators. But for some prospective buyers, the noise and the quality of power that a portable generator supplies is a turn-off. That’s where an inverter model comes in. Using new technology, inverter generators deliver cleaner power and are typically quieter, lighter, and more energy efficient. But as Consumer Reports is learning in its ongoing generator tests, not every inverter generator is worth the 100-to-200-percent premium you’ll pay over the usual cost of...
  • AFP: Malware "Dragonfly" Aims at US, Europe Energy Sector

    07/02/2014 3:31:31 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 4 replies ^ | ex-skf blogger citing Security Week citing AFP news
    AFP news says: The US security firm Symantec said it identified malware targeting industrial control systems which could sabotage electric grids, power generators and pipelines This Stuxnet-like malware attack is likely to be government-sponsored, says Symantec. No word about nuclear power plants. From Security Week quoting AFP (6/30/2014; emphasis is mine): Malware Aims at US, Europe Energy Sector: Researchers WASHINGTON - Cyberattackers, probably state sponsored, have been targeting energy operations in the United States and Europe since 2011 and were capable of causing significant damage, security researchers said Monday. The US security firm Symantec said it identified malware targeting industrial...
  • U.S. utility's control system was hacked, says Homeland Security

    05/20/2014 4:01:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 20, 2014 | BY JIM FINKLE
    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. 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.
  • Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?

    04/16/2014 12:39:56 AM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 4 replies ^ | 4/14/2014 | Jen Dalley
    "Most men appear never to have considered what a house is, and are actually though needlessly poor all their lives because they think that they must have such a one as their neighbors have. … Shall we always study to obtain more, and not sometimes be content with less?” ― Henry David Thoreau Living with less, as Thoreau described in Walden, is something many of us seek. We need a reprieve from our gadget-filled lives, so we travel deep into the wilderness, where utility services are sparse and renewable resources are necessary. But what if we want to extend our...
  • Need help with solar power

    03/21/2014 6:38:18 AM PDT · by Shaun_MD · 102 replies
    3/21/2014 | Me
    hey fellow freepers, I need some advice. I'm trying to set up a small solar panel system in case the grid goes down. I know I won't be able to power the whole house, but I want to be able to run a 750 watt deep well pump, a couple of 40 watt lights, a ceiling fan or box fan, cb base station and maybe a small freezer/refrigerator. I've got a 12v 100 watt solar panel, a 2000w 12v pure sine wave inverter and a 200 amp hour agm battery. Plus a 30 amp charge controller. Will this be enough?...
  • UPDATE 1-Texas grid extends power conservation call as cold boosts usage, prices

    03/03/2014 4:03:21 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 3, 2014
    The Texas electric grid operator extended its call for residents and businesses to conserve power until Tuesday morning as a late arctic cold front that barreled as far as South Texas boosted the state's electricity consumption to a monthly record on Monday. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state's primary grid, had issued a public call for conservation on Sunday evening, citing freezing temperatures that would strain available generation capacity. "With the continued cold weather, we expect conditions to remain tight, especially during the early evening tonight and early morning hours tomorrow," said Dan Woodfin, director of system...
  • A Smartphone That Tries To Slip You Off The Grid

    02/28/2014 12:11:39 PM PST · by Theoria · 8 replies
    NPR ^ | 28 Feb 2014 | Aarti Shahani
    Mike Janke used to be a Navy SEAL sniper. These days he's taking on the government and corporate America. He's the founder of Blackphone, an Android-based smartphone with privacy as its main selling point. It's not NSA-proof — in that everything is hackable if you try hard enough. But Janke says it's taking on the entire mobile economy that lets law enforcement and companies in way too easily.Take apps that look free but mine your data to earn big dollars. Facebook tries to get your contacts, Google Maps tries to get your geolocation, Pandora gets your music preferences. Blackphone has...
  • States brace for clash between utilities, solar advocates

    02/27/2014 12:55:02 PM PST · by Theoria · 21 replies
    Redding ^ | 27 Feb 2014 | Pamela M. Prah
    Someone is installing a solar power system in the U.S. every four minutes. Generous state and federal tax credits for hooking up solar panels on roofs or in fields make solar energy attractive to homeowners and businesses. Another bonus is that those who generate solar energy can roll over what they don’t use as credit against their next utility bills, like rollover minutes on a cellphone bill, or sell excess energy back to the utilities. Utility companies aren’t happy. As the solar industry thrives, states are bracing for more showdowns this year between solar advocates and utility companies over how...
  • Attack on electric grid raises alarm

    02/07/2014 9:00:43 AM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 62 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 6, 2014 | Evan Halper and Marc Lifsher
    Shooters armed with assault rifles and some knowledge of electrical utilities have prompted new worries on the vulnerability of California's vast power grid. A 2013 attack on an electric substation near San Jose that nearly knocked out Silicon Valley's power supply was initially downplayed as vandalism by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the facility's owner. Gunfire from semiautomatic weapons did extensive damage to 17 transformers that sent grid operators scrambling to avoid a blackout. But this week, a former top power regulator offered a far more ominous interpretation: The attack was terrorism, he said, and if circumstances had been just...
  • Attack Ravages Power Grid. (Just a Test.)

    01/21/2014 7:55:24 PM PST · by Mortrey · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 14, 2013 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    In a period of anxiety about cyberattacks and the vulnerability of the nation’s infrastructure, news that GridEx II would be held engendered yet more nervousness, some of it bizarre. One website tried to connect a joint training exercise in Hawaii between American and Chinese military personnel with the electricity drill .
  • The Complex 'Military-Style' Raid on California Power Station Spooks U.S.

    12/28/2013 2:15:07 PM PST · by Daralundy · 77 replies
    Financial Post ^ | December 13, 2013 | Shane Harris
    When U.S. officials warn about "attacks" on electric power facilities these days, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a computer hacker trying to shut the lights off in a city with malware. But a more traditional attack on a power station in California has U.S. officials puzzled and worried about the physical security of the the electrical grid--from attackers who come in with guns blazing. Around 1:00 AM on April 16, at least one individual (possibly two) entered two different manholes at the PG&E Metcalf power substation, southeast of San Jose, and cut fiber cables in the...
  • Arkansas Grid Attack Suspect Is Indicted

    12/15/2013 2:40:43 AM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies
    ELECTRIC CO-OP TODAY ^ | December 10, 2013 | Victoria A. Rocha
    SNIPPET: "A federal grand jury has issued an eight-count indictment against a central Arkansas man accused of damaging electric cooperative and other power facilities. Jason Woodring, 37, was indicted on charges relating to sabotage of high-voltage power lines and power stations earlier this year in several cities. Among them: a terrorist attack against a railroad carrier and destruction of energy facilities, including a 115,000-volt transmission line owned by First Electric Cooperative in Jacksonville. Woodring faces up to 20 years in prison on the energy facility destruction charges, and life in prison if convicted on the terrorism charge. According to an...
  • Power struggle: Green energy versus a grid that's not ready

    12/03/2013 5:39:24 AM PST · by oxcart · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/02/13 | Evan Halper
    WASHINGTON — In a sprawling complex of laboratories and futuristic gadgets in Golden, Colo., a supercomputer named Peregrine does a quadrillion calculations per second to help scientists figure out how to keep the lights on. Peregrine was turned on this year by the U.S. Energy Department. It has the world's largest "petascale" computing capability. It is the size of a Mack truck. Its job is to figure out how to cope with a risk from something the public generally thinks of as benign — renewable energy. Energy officials worry a lot these days about the stability of the massive patchwork...
  • ’American Blackout’: Four Major Real-Life Threats to the Electric Grid

    10/27/2013 4:56:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 74 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 10/25/13 | Patrick J. Kiger
    A catastrophic, prolonged failure of the electrical grid—the sort of event whose effects are depicted in National Geographic Channel’s upcoming American Blackout, which premieres Sunday—may seem like just apocalyptic science fiction to some viewers. Unfortunately, though, the possibility of such a breakdown is all too real. (See related interactive: “Survive the Blackout.”) Government and utility industry officials are so concerned, in fact, that in November, they will stage a massive emergency drill, called GridEx II, that will involve thousands of utility workers, business executives, National Guard officers, FBI antiterrorism experts and government officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. They’ll...
  • AIDS Turning Point: ‘A Cure Is Possible’

    09/08/2013 2:22:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 06, 2013 – 03:23 PM | Christoph Behrens and Viktoria Hackenbroch
    A recent series of spectacular medical cases has electrified researchers around the world—cases in which therapy has allowed the HIV patient to permanently keep the virus under control. In 2009, doctors at Berlin’s Charité Hospital reported on a HIV-positive man named Timothy Ray Brown, known as the Berlin patient, who received a bone-marrow stem-cell transplant as treatment for leukemia. The donor was, thanks to genetics, immune to HIV—and the immunity seemed to have passed to Brown, who no longer needed antiretroviral therapy to control the HIV. Doctors eventually declared him cured. In 2013, doctors at Harvard Medical School reported similar...
  • As Worries Over the Power Grid Rise, a Drill Will Simulate a Knockout Blow

    09/03/2013 7:55:07 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 195 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 16, 2013 | Matthew L. Wald
    The electric grid, as government and private experts describe it, is the glass jaw of American industry. If an adversary lands a knockout blow, they fear, it could black out vast areas of the continent for weeks; interrupt supplies of water, gasoline, diesel fuel and fresh food; shut down communications; and create disruptions of a scale that was only hinted at by Hurricane Sandy and the attacks of Sept. 11. This is why thousands of utility workers, business executives, National Guard officers, F.B.I. antiterrorism experts and officials from government agencies in the United States, Canada and Mexico are preparing for...
  • Raging California wildfire poses threat to San Francisco power grid (Moonbeam's state of emergency)

    08/24/2013 10:00:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/24/13 | Tracy Jarrett
    A raging California wildfire has grown to 200 square miles, threatening the San Francisco power grid, spreading into Yosemite National Park, and prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency. “The wildfires that started in Tuolumne County have caused damage to electrical infrastructure serving the City and County of San Francisco, and now threaten damage to property, equipment, and resources of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department,” Gov. Jerry Brown said in issuing an emergency proclamation for the city on Friday.
  • As Worries Over the Power Grid Rise, a Drill Will Simulate a Knockout Blow

    08/21/2013 5:41:40 AM PDT · by Old Sarge · 112 replies
    NYT ^ | 16 AUG 2013 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    WASHINGTON — The electric grid, as government and private experts describe it, is the glass jaw of American industry. If an adversary lands a knockout blow, they fear, it could black out vast areas of the continent for weeks; interrupt supplies of water, gasoline, diesel fuel and fresh food; shut down communications; and create disruptions of a scale that was only hinted at by Hurricane Sandy and the attacks of Sept. 11. ~ SNIP ~ One goal of the drill, called "GridEx II", is to explore how governments would react as the loss of the grid crippled the supply chain...
  • White House calls for increased grid spending

    08/11/2013 11:11:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 12, 2013 12:03 AM EDT | Jonathan Fahey
    The cost of weather-related power outages is high and rising as storms grow more severe and the U.S. electric grid gets older, according to an Obama Administration report that calls for increased spending on the nation’s electric power system. Power outages cost the economy $18 billion to $33 billion per year, according to the report, a figure that has been rising steadily over the past 20 years. That can rise to $40 billion to $75 billion in years with severe storms such as 2008’s Hurricane Ike and last year’s Superstorm Sandy. …
  • Climate Change Will Force Extensive Changes to US Power Grid

    08/11/2013 5:59:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 50 replies
    The Energy Collective ^ | 8/06/13 | Christine Hertzog
    A recently released report from the US Department of Energy (DOE) details the impacts of climate change on our energy grid (electricity, oil/gas pipelines, etc.), and it is a sobering read. Titled the “U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather,” the DOE report should be thought- and action-provoking for utilities executives, regulators, and us ratepayers. If you considered Smart Grid policies and renewable energy technologies are disruptive to utility business models and bottom lines, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners convened a couple of sessions during their recent summer conference that...
  • UN goal to halt spread of AIDS will be met by 2015

    06/11/2013 4:35:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2013 6:49 PM EDT
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the overall U.N. goal of halting and reversing the spread of AIDS will be met by the target date of 2015. But the U.N. chief told the General Assembly Monday that despite the “important progress,” more must be done to target AIDS in countries and communities where it is still spreading—and this will require additional funds. …

    07/29/2012 12:31:33 PM PDT · by SteelToe · 12 replies ^ | July 29, 2012 | Grant J. Kidney
    Grant J. Kidney — The world’s first ‘smart city’ is being built in Asia- and it promises to serve as an experiment for the high-tech tyranny that is surely to come about as a response to the collapse of this present era of human industrial civilization. Dubbed ‘Songdo’, the city will rest upon a wholly man made island in the Yellow sea and will incorporate just about every aspect of an Orwellian ‘super state’ imaginable. Millions of wireless sensors and microchips will be embedded throughout the sprawling city-scape. ‘Smart appliances’ such as refrigerators that let you know when you’re running...
  • EVs could collapse the grid, PJM warns east coast

    06/05/2012 8:03:21 AM PDT · by bigbob · 26 replies
    Smart Grid News ^ | 6/5/12 | Unattrib
    A forum hosted by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to explore potential impacts of alternative fuel vehicles on critical infrastructure heard a good news, bad news scenario from the CEO of the PJM Interconnection, the regional grid operator. PJM CEO Terry Boston told the forum that with smart grid controls in place and re-charging properly synchronized between midnight and 7 a.m., the electric distribution system could accommodate 25 million EVs, according to coverage of the forum in the Philadelphia Inquirer. But without those controls, the scenario will look a lot different, Boston warned. "If all of those came home at...
  • Backdoor in mission-critical systems (Grid,etc controllers)

    04/26/2012 11:19:35 AM PDT · by dickmc · 5 replies
    Risks Digest ^ | April 25, 2012 | C Y Cripps
    Article regarding alarming major Ruggedcom (Siemens) controller BACKDOOR vulnerability. These controllers are used widely in the electric grid, military, and transportation systems!
  • Growing Field of Smart Grid Technology Faces Opposition Over Pricing, Privacy

    11/13/2011 11:25:52 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/12/2011 | Washington Post
    The smart grid has been one of the most talked-about issues in energy policy. Experts — and manufacturers of equipment and software — have promoted the idea that “smart meters” could enable utilities to flip household appliances on and off to ease the load of summertime electricity demand and that the devices would help homeowners manage their refrigerators, lights and air conditioning, even controlling them remotely with cellphones, laptops or tablets.
  • How will an electrical grid cyber attack manifest itself?

    10/19/2011 6:40:27 AM PDT · by Any Fate But Submission · 54 replies
    One objective might be significant damage to a coal/oil fired plant that provides electricity to the Grid. How would they do that? A simple example would be my electric tea pot at home. Every morning I fill the tea pot with water and turn it on. When the water comes to a boil, I turn it off and pour the water into a cup. My tea pot has a mechanical on-off switch but if I leave it on, the water boils out and the overheat safety switch automatically turns it off. If it was controlled by a computer a cyber...
  • Epilog to a “Grid Down” and the last days of millions.

    09/12/2011 6:14:24 AM PDT · by Any Fate But Submission · 21 replies
    Self, vanity
    “I’m hungry grandma Kay” Abbie cried “When are we going to eat”? “I don’t know sweetie, I’m hungry too” Kay replied. Abbie just stood there in the living room in her bulky coat and boots swaying back and forth with her head hanging down and weeping softly. She was already skin and bones, Kay knew she wouldn’t last much longer. After 6 weeks there was nothing to eat anywhere, nothing. “Grandma, remember when I told you my friend Marla’s family was storing food at their cabin?” said Abbie. “Yes” Kay sighed. “Why didn’t we store food?” Abbie asked. “Well” Kay...

    07/05/2011 10:09:34 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 21 replies
    Jim Stone, Freelance journalist ^ | Unknown | Jim Stone
    See the update, which answers a question about DC connected main lines below this report. The entire premise of my report is based on the fact that you cannot run multiple frequencies simultaneously on the grid without separating it into sections and running them separately. That is what the AP report clearly implies when it says that clocks will run faster and slower in various regions. ____________________________________________________________________________ A recent AP report states that there is a proposal in place to change the frequency various parts of the national electrical grid run at. The frequency differences will be minor, but will...
  • Lone Star state's electricity up for grabs?

    HOUSTON -- They call us the Lone Star State for a reason. Historically, Texas has been known to go it alone, forging its own path in a quest for self sufficiency. The same holds true when it comes to electricity. "It's a $20 billion dollar plus market right in the state of Texas alone. It's huge." said State Rep. Sylvester Turner of Houston. In the United States there are just three energy grids. There's the eastern interconnection and the western interconnection. Then there's Texas interconnection operated by ERCOT, The Electric Reliability Council of Texas. A recent report by the Texas...
  • Senate dumps strategy to prevent EMP damage

    08/06/2010 10:32:01 PM PDT · by Errant · 34 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | August 7, 2010 | Bob Unruh
    The U.S. Senate has dropped a House-approved plan that would prepare the United States to defend itself from an attack from any electromagnetic pulse source – whether it would be from a natural solar flare or the detonation of a space-located nuclear weapon by enemies intent on destroying America's infrastructure, according to a representative who has raised alarms over EMP.
  • Social business harnesses corporate brains to help poor

    07/24/2010 4:22:47 PM PDT · by goldendays · 8 replies · 1+ views ^ | 07/23/10 | HISASHI NAITO AND RYUICHIRO TAKESHITA THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
    'Social business' harnesses corporate brains to help poor BY HISASHI NAITO AND RYUICHIRO TAKESHITA THE ASAHI SHIMBUN 2010/07/23 Muhammad Yunus (THE ASAHI SHIMBUN) A new business model that blurs traditional distinctions between social activism and business is gaining converts in boardrooms of leading Japanese companies. "Social business," a concept pushed by Nobel Peace Prize winner, economist and banker Muhammad Yunus, uses traditional business structures and expertise but is focused on addressing social issues rather than making a profit for investors. Profits that are made are invested back into the ventures. At a news conference July 13, Yunus sat beside Tadashi...
  • Md.'s smart grid fiasco

    07/09/2010 7:24:09 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies · 1+ views
    baltimore sun ^ | 7-5-10 | William Yeatman
    Last month, the Public Service Commission rejected Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.'s "smart grid" proposal. From start to finish, the whole affair demonstrated everything that is wrong with Maryland's socialized electricity industry. To begin with, BGE's plan was a dud. The whole idea of "smart grid" is to inform customers how much electricity costs in real time so that they have an incentive to use less electricity during times of peak demand (usually hot summer afternoons), when electricity is expensive to generate and transmit. There are a number of ways to achieve this price signal, but BGE chose an ill-defined,...
  • Michigan gets $5 million for smart grid job training

    04/08/2010 10:18:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 632+ views
    Michigan Standard ^ | 4/8/10 | staff
    WASHINGTON - Michigan will receive just more than $5 million for two programs to train workers for jobs in electric utilities, the Obama administration said today.
  • Why Alternative Power Is and Will Remain Useless

    03/06/2010 8:46:16 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 30 replies · 1,003+ views
    Here’s a fact you won’t see mentioned in the public policy debate over “alternative” energy: There exists no alternative energy source, no combination of alternative energy sources, and no system of combinations of alternative energy sources that can fully replace a single, coal fired electric plant built with 1930s era technology. Nada. Zero. Zilch. Yet many want to make this group of functionally useless technologies the primary energy sources for our entire civilization.

    12/04/2009 10:37:41 PM PST · by Cindy · 16 replies · 824+ views
    HERALD ^ | Last Updated: December 05, 2009 | Charles Miranda, London
    SNIPPET: "AUSTRALIA'S most notorious terrorist Willie Brigitte will be free from jail next year having served less than half his sentence for conspiring to blow up the nation's only nuclear reactor and the power grid. The Caribbean-born Muslim convert made headlines in 2007 when he was sentenced in France to a maximum nine years, following his arrest in Sydney, for joining an al-Qaida-backed Pakistani terror cell out to bomb Lucas Heights nuclear plant, the national electricity grid or a military base. The French Justice Ministry is considering releasing the 41-year-old, on an early-release good-behaviour plan."
  • Envisioning A World Without America

    09/18/2009 5:56:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies · 3,948+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 18, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Security: An Iranian mullah once said "a world without America and Zionism" was a real possibility. Our sellout of Eastern Europe and missile defense brings that dream closer to reality. It would take only one warhead."Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism?" Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked at a "World Without Zionism" conference in Tehran in 2005. "But you had best know that this slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be achieved." He added that Iran had a strategic "war preparation plan" for what it called "the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization." A...
  • Chinese researchers show how the PRC "own" the U.S. Power Grid

    09/18/2009 2:08:33 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 1,093+ views
    INTEL ^ | September 14th, 2009 at 8:10 am | Written by Jeffreycarr
    Note: See comments after the blog entry. Chinese researchers show how the PRC “owns” the U.S. Power Grid I had a head-slapping “What the F” moment when I read the New Scientist story “How to Short-Circuit the U.S. Power Grid“. Let’s start with the fact that the military strategy of the PRC ever since the U.S. speedily won the first Iraq war has been to find ways to mitigate our technological superiority by attacking its most vulnerable point - the network. That includes, as the Wall Street Journal so sensationally reminded us, the U.S. power grid. How fast do you...
  • .`Smart grid' — power lines move into digital age

    06/06/2009 10:53:13 PM PDT · by maine-iac7 · 27 replies · 1,101+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6 June 2009 | H. JOSEF HEBERT
    What smart grid visionaries see coming are home thermostats and appliances that adjust automatically depending on the cost of power; where a water heater may get juice from a neighbor's rooftop solar panel; and where on a scorching hot day a plug-in hybrid electric car charges one minute and the next sends electricity back to the grid to help head off a brownout
  • Feds Will Spend $400,000 to Study Drinking and Sex Habits of Homosexuals in Argentina

    05/04/2009 3:18:38 AM PDT · by Man50D · 44 replies · 2,448+ views ^ | May 04, 2009 | Matt Cover
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding a study that seeks to discover a link between drinking and having sex among homosexuals in Argentina. The study will send researchers to six bars in Buenos Aires to interview both patrons and proprietors in an effort to discover what it is about those bars that may encourage the risky behavior. The study began on Sept. 30, 2008, and runs through Aug. 31, 2010. It already has cost taxpayers $198,776. By the time the project ends, it will have cost $403,902, according to NIH. The grant, awarded to the New York State...
  • Questioning the wisdom of a 'smart grid' (and the privacy implications)

    04/10/2009 4:54:11 AM PDT · by theBuckwheat · 20 replies · 531+ views ^ | Today | Thomas Kostigen
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (MarketWatch) -- Rampant reports of hackers tapping into electricity grids and planning for further subterfuge are causing some people to question the government's new push for a nationwide "smart grid." ... Joshua Pennell is chief executive of IOActive, a security services and software assurance firm in Seattle. In a presentation to the Department of Homeland Security, Pennell says the Smart Grid has "inherent security flaws" and could further expose the country to attacks on our critical power infrastructure. His firm conducted industry research and claims that a smart grid could "expose utility companies to possible fraud, extortion...
  • Official Cites Value of Cyberspace to Warfighting Operations

    04/08/2009 6:19:00 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 227+ views
    AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE ^ | April 8, 2009 | Gerry J. Gilmore
    Note: The following text is a quote: Official Cites Value of Cyberspace to Warfighting Operations By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, April 8, 2009 – Maintaining and protecting the U.S. military’s worldwide computer network is a vital component of national security, a senior official said here today. “For the United States military, cyberspace is a warfighting domain and it is critical to our operations,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters. “And so, we do have to aggressively protect our networks and our ability to work in cyberspace.” It also is important, Whitman said, that the Defense...
  • Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated by Spies

    04/07/2009 7:38:04 PM PDT · by Snoopers-868th · 173 replies · 6,558+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 8, 2009 | SIOBHAN GORMAN
    WASHINGTON -- Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials. The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, these officials said, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls. The intruders haven't sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but officials warned they could try during a crisis or war.
  • Greta and WSJ: China and Russia have broken into the US Electrical Grid

    04/07/2009 7:34:48 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 35 replies · 1,092+ views
    Greta and the WSJ are reporting Chinese and Russian spies have broken into the United States Electrical Grid. .... Cyberspies
  • Smart-grid hackers could cause blackouts

    03/22/2009 5:53:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies · 805+ views
    cnet ^ | March 21, 2009 12:03 PM PDT | Zoë Slocum
    Deployments of smart grids should be slowed until security vulnerabilities are addressed, according to some cybersecurity experts, citing tests showing that a hacker can cause a major blackout after breaking into a smart-grid system. The idea behind smart grids, a burgeoning energy sector in which even Google is playing a role, is that automated meters and two-way power consumption data can be used to improve the efficiency and reliability of an electrical system's power distribution. A washing machine in a household hooked up to a smart meter, for instance, could be set up to run only at lower-cost, off-peak hours,...
  • IBM Unveils Building Blocks for 21st Century Infrastructure (Smart Grid,RFID is big bother)

    02/26/2009 5:11:15 PM PST · by patriotmediaa · 11 replies · 521+ views ^ | 02/09/09 | Mike Darcy
    IBM Unveils Building Blocks for 21st Century Infrastructure IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new services and products to help clients build a new, more dynamic infrastructure that will bring more intelligence, automation, integration, and efficiencies to the digital and physical worlds. As a result, it will enable businesses and governments to better respond to and manage challenges presented by today's globally integrated planet. The new products and services enable clients to use powerful computing systems to manage and gain insight from an increasing number of things in their physical infrastructure that are being instrumented with intelligent sensors. For example, a...
  • Sen. Reid: Feds Should Trump States in Building the Smart Grid

    02/25/2009 4:13:16 PM PST · by patriotmediaa · 19 replies · 1,083+ views ^ | Wednesday, February 25, 2009 | Jeff St. John
    Sen. Reid: Feds Should Trump States in Building the Smart Grid February 23, 2009 at 6:32 PM When it comes to using billions of federal stimulus dollars to build out a “smart” electricity distribution grid, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn’t want state regulators standing in the way. That’s the gist of comment the Nevada Democrat made at a Washington D.C. clean energy meeting Monday, according to Reuters. Reid plans to introduce energy legislation on Thursday to speed the building of transmission infrastructure to bring remote solar-thermal, wind and geothermal power sources to population centers — and the bill...
  • Ontario pushes big 'green' agenda ("smart grid."coming to America)

    02/25/2009 4:01:03 PM PST · by patriotmediaa · 3 replies · 442+ views ^ | February 25, 2009 | EVAN LEHMANN
    Ontario pushes big 'green' agenda The Canadian province of Ontario believes it can create 50,000 jobs by encouraging renewable energy projects, enhancing energy efficiency programs and launching a "smart grid." Clinton puts climate change high on the agenda with China While economies crash, environmentally friendly laws proliferate Obama prefers Congress to EPA in tackling climate -- Browner The campaign for renewable energy needs a transmission strategy Obama, Harper pledge partnership on energy and climate A blog about energy, the environment and the bottom line.
  • Grid of 100,000 computers heralds new internet dawn

    09/30/2008 7:39:20 AM PDT · by xtinct · 15 replies · 510+ views
    Times Online, UK ^ | 9/29/08 | Murad Ahmed
    A network of 100,000 computers providing the greatest data processing capacity yet unleashed has been created to cope with information pouring from the world’s largest machine. The Grid is the latest evolution of the internet and the world wide web and computer scientists will announce on Friday that it is ready to be connected to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). It is designed for schemes where huge quantities of data need crunching, such as large research and engineering projects. The Grid has the kind of power required to download movies in seconds, and the ability to make high-definition video phone...