China has cyber capability to take down U.S. power grid, warns NSA

(NaturalNews) The U.S. is vulnerable to cyber attacks from China and other countries capable of shutting down the power grid and disabling vital infrastructure, according to Admiral Michael Rogers, head of both the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command.

Cybersecurity firm Mondiant confirmed that China had hacked into U.S. utility systems and has the knowledge potential to exploit vulnerabilities and shut down or disrupt them. Rogers says this could allow Chinese hackers “to shut down very segmented, very tailored parts of our infrastructure that forestall the ability to provide that service to us as citizens.”

Expert agrees with predictions of major cyber attack in the next ten years

Such an attack could have catastrophic effects, to say the least. Rogers agreed with recent predictions that a major cyber attack will occur within the next decade: “It is only a matter of the when, not the if, that we are going to see something traumatic.”

China is not the only player in the cyber warfare game. Although Rogers declined to name other countries involved, it’s generally acknowledged that Russia has advanced cyber warfare capabilities.

Russia also suspected to have sophisticated cyber weapons

Indeed, Russia is suspected to be behind the development of a sophisticated cyber weapon known as Snake, sometimes called Ouroboros, after the Greek mythological serpent. Snake/Ouroboros has been used in cyberattacks against the Ukrainian government and has been detected in computer systems of several other countries, including Britain.

Nations conceal involvement through “cyber hit men for hire”

There is also evidence that various governments are increasingly hiring “surrogates” to perform their cyber attacks for them, in an attempt to conceal their own involvement. There are “cyber hit men for hire,” according to Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, who is retiring as head of the House Intelligence Committee.

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