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  • Rocks Under I-95 Present Odd, and Scary, Threat to Power Grid

    06/13/2018 7:28:39 AM PDT · by BBell · 21 replies
    6/13/18 | Brian K Sullivan
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  • EMP Commission warns ‘blackout’ of electricity, food, water to last ‘year or longer,’ (TR)

    05/14/2018 8:37:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 113 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 9, 2018 | Paul Bedard
    In this May 21, 1956, file photo, the stem of a hydrogen bomb, the first such nuclear device dropped from a U.S. aircraft, moves upward through a heavy cloud and comes through the top of the cloud, after the bomb was detonated over Namu Island in the Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said his country may conduct a "historic" hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean. Many experts think North Korea wouldn't do something so risky, but it's hard to rule out given North Korea's steadily expanding nuclear and missile tests. AP Parts...
  • U.S. Electric Grid Vulnerable to Unprecedented Waves of Attack

    03/27/2018 4:42:52 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 54 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/27/18 | Adam Kredo
    The U.S. electric grid has become increasingly vulnerable to what the federal government is describing as an unprecedented wave of attacks that threatens to cripple the nation, according to a new investigative report that warns the energy industry is lagging in efforts to boost physical security of these critical sites. Amid a wave of increasing attacks across the country on key power stations, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, or NERC, has been struggling to force the power industry to enact a series of security improvements meant to stop would-be attackers and terrorists from crippling the nation's infrastructure. Since 2014,...
  • Britain 'four meals away from anarchy' if cyber attack takes out power grid

    03/17/2018 2:50:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 108 replies
    yahoo ^ | 03/17/2018
    The warning comes weeks after the Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said Russia had been spying on the UK’s energy infrastructure and could cause “thousands and thousands and thousands” of deaths if it crippled the power supply. America this week blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the US power grid.  Energy and security experts say a cyber attack is one of a number of so-called “black sky hazards” that have the potential to knock out power for days, weeks or even longer across large parts of a country, or even continent....
  • REPORT: New England Faces A Future Of ‘Rolling Blackouts’ As Power Plants Close

    01/19/2018 9:37:15 AM PST · by markomalley · 63 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/19/18 | Michael Bastasch
    New England is facing an energy future of “rolling blackouts and controlled outages” by 2025 as more power plants close down and pipeline capacity continues to lag behind.The new report by the New England’s grid operator comes after the region suffered through a frigid start to the new year that pushed up prices and strained energy supplies. It could be just a taste of the region’s future.“Taken together, the study results suggest that New England could be headed for significant levels of emergency actions, particularly during major fuel or resource outages,” ISO New England found in a new study,“Harder to...
  • Trump first president to protect electric grid from EMP, cyberattacks

    12/21/2017 8:37:37 PM PST · by PA Engineer · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 20, 2017 | Paul Bedard
    President Trump became the first national leader to call for protecting the U.S electric and communications grid against an electromagnetic attack like one practiced in North Korea. Deep in his new national security strategy released this week, he made good on a campaign promise to move quickly to make the fixes that proponents have long called for. Two of the chief advocates, William R. Graham and Peter Vincent Pry, executives of the nation’s first Congressional EMP Commission, said in a statement, “President Trump understands, even if everyone in his administration does not, that ‘strategic stability’ and ‘longstanding strategic relationships with...
  • Military training exercise to test local response to sustained power outages

    11/09/2017 8:44:42 AM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 34 replies
    WISC-TV ^ | 11/07/2017 | WISC TV
    News Military training exercise to test local response to sustained power outages Updated: Nov 07, 2017 12:14 PM CST MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin’s Department of Military Affairs is warning Columbia County residents of an increased law enforcement presence on the ground and in the air next week for a training exercise. The training in Columbia County and at Wisconsin’s Emergency Operations center in Madison starts Nov. 14, and is in conjunction with a national-level exercise, known as Grid Ex, that takes place Nov. 15-16, officials said. The public might see increased law enforcement presence and military personnel, including non-military unmanned...
  • Report: Hackers can now cause blackouts on US electrical grid

    09/09/2017 11:48:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/07/2017 | Rick Moran
    It was inevitable that someday, hackers would have the ability to exert control over the U.S. electrical grid.  According to the computer security firm Symantec, someday is today. Hacking attacks over the last several months that targeted U.S. energy companies have been able to gain "operational control" over systems, thus threatening blackouts across the U.S., says Symantec.  The hacker group known as DragonFly 2.0 was able to gain control in at least 20 places, according to the firm. Wired: Symantec on Wednesday revealed a new campaign of attacks by a group it is calling Dragonfly 2.0, which it says...
  • The EMP Threat From North Korea Is Real, and Terrifying

    04/26/2017 8:02:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 157 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 4/25/2017 | John R. Moore
    While the total wipeout depicted in One Second After is probably exaggerated, the effects could knock out our power grid for months, and destroy critical communications and computer systems. As former CIA chief James Woolsey recently said: If you look at the electric grid and what it's susceptible to, we would be moving into a world with no food delivery, no water purification, no banking, no telecommunications, no medicine. All of these things depend on electricity in one way or another. In such a situation, there simply is no way to rule out the possibility that hundreds of millions could...
  • Massive power outage hits San Francisco. BART station, cable cars, traffic lights.

    04/21/2017 11:43:40 AM PDT · by johnk · 50 replies
    SFGATE.com ^ | Updated 11:19 am, Friday, April 21, 2017 | By Sarah Ravani and Jill Tucker
    A massive power outage in San Francisco caused a blackout Friday morning in neighborhoods across the city, from the Financial District to the Presidio, forcing the closure of businesses, a BART station, cable car service and a federal courthouse, officials said. A spokesman for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said 95,000 customers lost power and that there had been a fire at a substation at Larkin and Eddy streets. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the fire caused the outage, which swept through the city shortly after 9 a.m., or was ignited as a result of the outage. As of 11...
  • San Francisco hit with massive power outage

    04/21/2017 10:46:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    A widespread power outage in a large swath of San Francisco affected several neighborhoods, prompting officials to close a train station while crews worked to restore electricity. Power strug
  • NIGHTMARE COMMUTE: Power Problems Strand Subway Riders, Create Major Delays Systemwide

    04/21/2017 9:23:08 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 15 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 4/21/2017 | Staff
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Platforms were packed and some riders were stuck underground in the dark after a power outage in Midtown Manhattan backed up trains all over the city, making for a nightmare commute during the Friday morning rush hour. Hundreds of riders were packed inside a D train when it got stuck in a tunnel just short of the subway stop at Seventh Avenue and 53rd Street after the signals lost power around 7:30 a.m. “It was not comfortable,” one rider told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell. “They were just like we’re going to stay here momentarily because there’s a...
  • Could The Power Outages Of April 21, 2017 In SF, NY, and in NJ Possibly Have Been Terror Related?

    04/22/2017 5:42:30 PM PDT · by davikkm · 71 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    I am in acceptance at this time that the power outages of April 21, 2017 in San Francisco, New Jersey, and New York were terror related. Think about this first and foremost: San Francisco’s power supply is controlled by Pacific Gas and Electric, most of Los Angeles is controlled by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power while other areas are controlled by Southern California Edison and much of New York City is controlled by ConEdison. In other words, the power systems of the three cities, all of which are either far or very far from one another are...
  • Pentagon Works To Protect Power Grid Amid Fears Of Attack By North Korea

    04/15/2017 12:11:29 PM PDT · by Fennie · 20 replies
    WJ ^ | April 14, 2017 | By Jack Davis
    In the wake of warnings that America's power grid could be vulnerable to attack by nations such as North Korea, the Pentagon is developing a solution. The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency and BAE Systems are developing alternative communication networks for use in the event of a cyberattack on the grid.
  • How North Korea could kill 90 percent of Americans

    03/29/2017 5:00:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2017 | R. James Woolsey and Vincent Pry
    The mainstream media, and some officials who should know better, continue to allege North Korea does not yet have capability to deliver on its repeated threats to strike the U.S. with nuclear weapons. False reassurance is given to the American people that North Korea has not “demonstrated” that it can miniaturize a nuclear warhead small enough for missile delivery, or build a reentry vehicle for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of penetrating the atmosphere to blast a U.S. city. Yet any nation that has built nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, as North Korea has done, can easily overcome the...
  • How North Korea Could Kill 90 Percent Of Americans

    04/03/2017 5:48:24 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 57 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 03/29/17 | R. JAMES WOOLSEY
    In February and March of 2015, former senior national security officials of the Reagan and Clinton administrations warned that North Korea should be regarded as capable of delivering by satellite a small nuclear warhead, specially designed to make a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack against the United States. According to the Congressional EMP Commission, a single warhead delivered by North Korean satellite could blackout the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for over a year—killing 9 of 10 Americans by starvation and societal collapse. Two North Korean satellites, the KMS-3 and KMS-4, presently orbit over the U.S. on...
  • DHS: No evidence hackers infected Vermont power grid

    01/01/2017 11:16:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    politico.com ^ | 12/31/16 | Eric Geller
    Federal authorities see no signs that hackers breached Vermont's electric grid using suspected Russian malware that infected a power company's laptop, the Department of Homeland Security said tonight. "While our analysis continues, we currently have no information that indicates that the power grid was penetrated in this cyber incident,” J. Todd Breasseale, DHS's assistant secretary for public affairs, told POLITICO in a statement. The discovery of the malware, first reported Friday by The Washington Post, inspired immediate concern that suspected Russian cyber-assaults against the United States had spread to the electric power supply, one of the nation's most sensitive potential...
  • US wants Mexico under grid security pact before year's end

    10/26/2016 7:16:07 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 7 replies
    The Obama administration is scrambling to make Mexico by the end of the year a full-fledged member of a North American industry pact that works to defend the electric grid from cyberattacks. The reason for the eleventh-hour move to include Mexico in the cybergroup is likely a result of the contentious presidential election and the administration's goals of creating a North American clean energy grid. Such collaboration would be far less likely if Republican nominee Donald Trump gets into office with his walled-off vision for the U.S., said a senior industry official. But it would benefit Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton,...
  • Surge in electric cars could strain energy grid, warns EU agency

    10/01/2016 10:29:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Sep 30, 2016 | James Crisp
    The large scale roll-out of electric cars on EU roads will help fight climate change but more electricity will have to be generated to power the vehicles which, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned, could have its own impact on global warming. The European Environment Agency this week said that larger numbers of electric vehicles will not be enough to make to the transition to a low-carbon economy. The EU’s transport sector still depends on oil for 94% of its energy needs. The reductions in carbon dioxide emissions in road transport gained from the scaling-up of electric vehicles would...
  • What Will You Do When The Lights Go Out? The Inevitable Failure Of The US Grid

    08/15/2016 9:04:51 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 102 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 15-08-2016 | Juli
    Delta Airlines recently experienced what it called a power outage in its home base of Atlanta, Georgia, causing all the company’s computers to go offline—all of them. This seemingly minor hiccup managed to singlehandedly ground all Delta planes for six hours, stranding passengers for even longer, as Delta scrambled to reshuffle passengers after the Monday debacle. Where Delta blamed its catastrophic systems-wide computer failure vaguely on a loss of power, Georgia Power, their power provider, placed the ball squarely in Delta’s court, saying that “other Georgia Power customers were not affected”, and that they had staff on site to assist...