On September 11, 2017, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared in front of the White House:
[quote] I think that the last 35 days or so have been a gut check for Americans that we do not have a true culture of preparedness in this country. And we’ve got a lot of work to do. Whether it’s in education and being ready, it’s not just saying, hey, have three days worth of supplies ready to go. It’s greater than that. It’s also people having the finances and the savings to be able to overcome simple emergencies. We have to hit the reset button and create a true culture of preparedness starting at a very young age and filtering all the way up. [quote]
In an interview with CBS, the director of FEMA again warned:
[quote] I really think that we have a long way to go to create a true culture of preparedness within our citizenry in America. No American, no citizen, no visitor to this country is immune to disaster. And we have a long way to go to get people to understand the hazards based on where they dwell, where they work, and how to be prepared financially, how to be prepared through insurance, how to have continuity of operations plans for their businesses, so that we can avoid the suffering, the strife, and the loss of life. It’s truly disappointing that people won’t heed the warnings. [quote] source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=PdWPEecaMAQ
If North Korea is successful at hacking into America’s power-grid, Americans will be wishing they had followed the advice of the head of FEMA when they are sitting in the dark.
According to numerous news reports over the past few years, North Korea has been working to hack into America’s power-grid. Reports in October of 2017 suggested that the attempts by North Korea, and the threat, are becoming increasingly more serious.
An October 10, 2017 article by NBC News reports that North Korea has already attempted to infiltrate America’s power grid:
[quote] “This is a signal that North Korea is a player in the cyber-intrusion field and it is growing in its ability to hurt us,\” said C. Frank Figliuzzi, a former chief of counterintelligence at the FBI. [end quote] Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/north-korea/experts-north-korea-targeted-u-s-electric-power-companies-n808996
On October 11, 2017, Info-Security reported:
As the saber-rattling between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un continues, reports have surfaced that the DPRK had plans to hack the American power grid, while also successfully targeting the South Korean Ministry of Defense…The rate of attacks from the isolated but cyber-intensive country will likely only increase as American-DPRK relations continue to deteriorate. Source: https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/north-korea-targets-us-power-grid/
October 11, 2017 International Business Times reported:
[quote] Michael Daly, the chief technology officer for cybersecurity and special missions at cybersecurity firm Raytheon, told International Business Times the attack “isn\’t the first, and it\’s certainly not going to be the last” to be launched against power grids and other fundamental infrastructure.
“In fact, critical infrastructure networks are now the terrain over which nation states are playing out their political and military battles. This year we have seen this in Ukraine and the Middle east and across Europe,” he noted.
“There are many reasons to target smart grids. Nation-states can learn a lot by watching power usage. Or they can lay in wait having an impact on any entity attached to the grid. As we look at ways to protect our critical infrastructure, we should look at segmented architectures that still allow data to flow but minimize risk and exposure to our most important data and systems,” Daly said.
While the campaign may have failed, the attempts of North Korean hackers to target utility companies presents a growing risk for American companies that are responsible for keeping the lights on for millions of homes across the country. [end quote] source: http://www.ibtimes.com/north-korea-hacking-war-attack-planned-target-us-power-grid-2600319
An article at foxnews.com on October 24, 2017 reported:
[quote] North Korea is capable of unleashing a chaotic attack on Australia or the United States without launching a single missile.
Instead, the secretive nation could potentially unleash chaos with a cyber attack targeting critical infrastructure such as an electricity grid.
That’s according to Dr. Greg Austin, a professor in the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the University of New South Wales in Canberra, who said North Korea’s cyber capabilities could have a big impact. [end quote]
It’s past time for the American people to wake up to the numerous serious national security threats America is facing. The first step is for Americans to take personal responsibility for preparing for a short or long term crisis that could include a failure of America’s power-grid.
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