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While American’s spend their fall watching their favorite baseball team or college football team, most are unaware of the numerous threat to their very access to basic needs for survival.
North Korea on September 15th shot off another intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean. North Korea has boasted that they are working on an EMP attack on America that could bring down the nation’s power-grid for months if not longer. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/05/millions-american-lives-could-be-at-stake-as-north-korea-threatens-to-attack-power-grid.html
Then there are the the two North Korean Satellites circling the globe.
Dr. Peter Pry is Chief of Staff of the Congressional EMP Commission and he has openly stated on radio and television that there is a better than 50% chance that one or both of these satellites contain a nuclear weapon cable of carrying out an EMP attack on America.
As if dealing with North Korea was not bad enough, we now have what appear to be independent actors gaining access to American power companies to the point they could simply push the button and turn off the power. “Never before have hackers been shown to have that level of control of American power company systems” declares Symantec security analyst.
Wired Magazine in a September 9, 2017 revealed the following information:
[quote] IN AN ERA of hacker attacks on critical infrastructure, even a run-of-the-mill malware infection on an electric utility’s network is enough to raise alarm bells. But the latest collection of power grid penetrations went far deeper: Security firm Symantec is warning that a series of recent hacker attacks not only compromised energy companies in the US and Europe but also resulted in the intruders gaining hands-on access to power grid operations—enough control that they could have induced blackouts on American soil at will.
Symantec on Wednesday revealed a new campaign of attacks by a group it is calling Dragonfly 2.0, which it says targeted dozens of energy companies in the spring and summer of this year. In more than 20 cases, Symantec says the hackers successfully gained access to the target companies’ networks. And at a handful of US power firms and at least one company in Turkey—none of which Symantec will name—their forensic analysis found that the hackers obtained what they call operational access: control of the interfaces power company engineers use to send actual commands to equipment like circuit breakers, giving them the ability to stop the flow of electricity into US homes and businesses.
“There’s a difference between being a step away from conducting sabotage and actually being in a position to conduct sabotage … being able to flip the switch on power generation,” says Eric Chien, a Symantec security analyst. “We’re now talking about on-the-ground technical evidence this could happen in the US, and there’s nothing left standing in the way except the motivation of some actor out in the world.”
Never before have hackers been shown to have that level of control of American power company systems, Chien notes. The only comparable situations, he says, have been the repeated hacker attacks on the Ukrainian grid that twice caused power outages in the country in late 2015 and 2016, the first known hacker-induced blackouts. [end quote from article]
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