Our electic grid has been hacked by spies

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    I heard about this on the radio yesterday. I thought it was kind of odd that it was just a blurb on the rundown of top stories. I was like "wtf did I just hear?" :mad:

    But hey, at least the new pentagon defense budget will be devoting 10% to fighting "irregular" wars. So I think we should be all set.
     
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    Hackers Cut Cities' Power - Forbes.com

    Cyber-security experts have long warned of the vulnerability of critical infrastructure like power, transportation and water systems to malicious hackers. Friday, those warnings quietly became a reality: Tom Donahue, a CIA official, revealed at the SANS security trade conference in New Orleans that hackers have penetrated power systems in several regions outside the U.S., and "in at least one case, caused a power outage affecting multiple cities."

    "We do not know who executed these attacks or why, but all involved intrusions through the Internet," Donahue said in a statement. "We suspect, but cannot confirm, that some of these attackers had the benefit of inside knowledge."
     
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    No these are the guys those guys sold infrastructure to.
     
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    This is the type of attack we will need to plan for and avert.

    As time goes on More and More of our infrastructure will be tied into the computor grid.

    We can no longer afford to vote for guys like Bush with no brains or expertice.

    Please remember this when you find yourself thinking people like Palin will make good leaders.
     
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    Maybe if we put up the nation's Grid as collateral next time we borrow from China, they will leave it alone.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123914805204099085.html

    The U.S. electrical grid comprises three separate electric networks, covering the East, the West and Texas. Each includes many thousands of miles of transmission lines, power plants and substations. The flow of power is controlled by local utilities or regional transmission organizations. The growing reliance of utilities on Internet-based communication has increased the vulnerability of control systems to spies and hackers, according to government reports.
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    The sophistication of the U.S. intrusions -- which extend beyond electric to other key infrastructure systems -- suggests that China and Russia are mainly responsible, according to intelligence officials and cybersecurity specialists. While terrorist groups could develop the ability to penetrate U.S. infrastructure, they don't appear to have yet mounted attacks, these officials say.

    It is nearly impossible to know whether or not an attack is government-sponsored because of the difficulty in tracking true identities in cyberspace. U.S. officials said investigators have followed electronic trails of stolen data to China and Russia.

    Russian and Chinese officials have denied any wrongdoing. "These are pure speculations," said Yevgeniy Khorishko, a spokesman at the Russian Embassy. "Russia has nothing to do with the cyberattacks on the U.S. infrastructure, or on any infrastructure in any other country in the world."

    A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Wang Baodong, said the Chinese government "resolutely oppose any crime, including hacking, that destroys the Internet or computer network" and has laws barring the practice. China was ready to cooperate with other countries to counter such attacks, he said, and added that "some people overseas with Cold War mentality are indulged in fabricating the sheer lies of the so-called cyberspies in China."
     
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    so i suppose you think Obama has got the expertise ......this whole thing was found out accidentally....the PREZ and Co. had nothing to do with this....now we will get to see what he will do about it....if he indeed does....
     

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