Cyberattack could knock out huge swath of US electric grid, lawmakers say

An attack on the U.S. electrical grid, be it cyberwarfare or an EMP attack, will leave America in the dark for years, not months. Upwards of nine out of ten Americans would perish within a year. Without electricity America can’t even produce its own components needed to put things back online. The the components needed would therefore need to be sourced from either Germany, or, China who’s the one conducting the cyber attacks on America. However, it is a good sign that a pocket full of politicians are waking up.


Government officials think the US is unprepared for an attack that could affect power for weeks

The U.S. government is not prepared for a cyberattack on the electrical grid that takes out power over a large area for weeks, or even months.

With some experts worried that a coordinated cyberattack could lead to widespread power outages lasting for several months, the federal government should offer more help to state and local governments planning to deal with the aftermath, Barletta said during a hearing before a subcommittee of the House of Representatives Transformation and Infrastructure Committee.

Barletta and other subcommittee members pointed to a coordinated attack on Ukraine’s power grid last December that left more than 200,000 people without electricity for a few hours. A cyberattack, combined with a physical attack or with extreme weather conditions, could have devastating results, lawmakers said.

“Imagine what we would do without electricity for a day, a week, a month, a year,” Baretta said. “If the goal of the bad guys is to collapse the United States’ economic system, they are going to try to cut off the power.”

The U.S. has few high-power electrical transformers held in reserve, because of the multimillion-dollar price tag, and the delivery of new ones can take more than six months, added Representative Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat.

Full article: Cyberattack could knock out huge swath of US electric grid, lawmakers say (PC World)

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