Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Energy Grid Vulnerable to Hacker Groups, Says DHS and DoE

Susanne Posel, Contributor
Activist Post

The SuperBowl, hosted in New Orleans, Louisiana experienced a total blackout wherein the 26,000 LED lights surrounding the exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome went dark. Although the LED lights allocated no more energy that the amount needed to light a small home, the system failed.

Mainstream media is decrying about “complex interlocking systems” that make up the networks that control our utilities infrastructure.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the blackout was “an unfortunate moment in what has been an otherwise shining Super Bowl week for the city of New Orleans.”

Entergy, the power corporation in Louisiana released a statement concerning the blackout. They said:
Shortly after the beginning of the second half of the Super Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system. Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue.
Two weeks ago, hackers breached the Department of Energy (DoE) computers to siphon personal information from employees. DoE officials reported the incident to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) who stated that the hackers used “sophisticated” attacks to steal “personally identifiable information” digital data, yet could have more sinister plans in the future should access be gained again.


Several hundred employees, including 14 computer servers and 20 workstations were involved in the hack. The DoE have been cooperating with the FBI to identify the stolen data; as well as devise comprehensive strategies to prevent this from happening again.

The FBI assumes this attack to be the work of Chinese hackers who would want the information to sell on the black market or are conducting surveillance operations for the Chinese government.

In 2012, the Washington Post was compromised by Chinese hackers who used malicious software to infiltrate newsroom network computers.

In the European Union (EU), a breach was successfully made by state-sponsored Chinese hackers which affected the financial markets and was presumed to have a part in the monetary crisis gripping the EU. US intelligence was able to make this summation after infiltrated computers were decoded. Since the incident, avid monitoring has protected databases.

SCADA Systems, a corporation that provides industrial automation technology to agencies surveilling the energy grid was targeted for an elaborate hack of their facilities in the US and Spain.

In a statement representatives from SCADA said:
We do not have any reason to believe that the intruder(s) acquired any information that would enable them to gain access to a customer system or that any of the compromised computers have been connected to a customer system.
SCADA is connected through networks to power plants, water-treatment facilities, traffic lights and other “critical infrastructure”.

General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency (NSA) said in 2012 that the nameless, faceless hacker group Anonymous would take down the entire US electrical grid. Keith warned that the “determination of hacker groups to expose institutional corruption” should result in ever-increasing security for the US government’s digital infrastructure.

While Anonymous reacted to Keith’s assertions by saying:
Anonymous attracted the attention of the National Security Agency. In private meetings at the White House, NSA director General Keith Alexander warned that in a year or two the group could attack the energy grid and shut off power for millions. Ridiculous! Why should Anonymous shut off power grid? Makes no sense! They just want to make you feel afraid.
Ironically, simultaneously, Anonymous launched Operation Global Blackout which was a scheme to bring down the entire Internet on March 31st of last year.

Considering that Anonymous continuously creates chaos on the Internet which results in the furtherance of Big Brother controls, Keith’s statements would not be fear-mongering.

The NSA has begun a comprehensive program to search out our schools into scouting grounds for a team of American grown hacker community. The NSA is focusing on colleges and universities within the US. Four schools have already been singled out as official Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations.

The NSA wants an elite team of “computer geniuses” that are trained in hacking before they obtain their college degree. The students selected to train under this program will not be privy to the impact their work will have on cyber intelligence, military capabilities and law enforcement’s expansion of spying on Americans.

The National Academies (NA) report of 2007 that was declassified as Hurricane Sandy victims were left in the dark, warned of widespread power outages, stated that cyber-attacks, unlike natural disasters, probably could not cause lengthy blackouts.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that hackers posed an increasing risk to electrical utilities because some control systems may be connected to the Internet.

The NA report pointed out that “cyber-attacks are unlikely to cause extended outages, but if well-coordinated they could magnify the damage of a physical attack.”

A hacker attack on the power system “could deny large regions of the country access to bulk system power for weeks or even months,” which would generate “turmoil, widespread public fear and an image of helplessness that would play directly into the hands of the terrorists.”

Last year, the leaked version of Obama’s cybersecurity executive order is a compromise by the administration offered to those concerned about Big Brother controls invading US citizen’s privacy on the Web. One concession outlined is the sharing of Internet traffic information by the US government and private sector corporations involving critical infrastructure and electrical grid. Social media companies would not be held under the same mandate.

The DHS, specifically Secretary Janet Napolitano, will be given the sole power of oversight to reference top-secret intelligence reports only known to her to bases identification of cyberthreats and individual targets.

Napolitano conveyed concern about the possibility of “attacks on our nation’s control systems — the control systems that operate our utilities, our water plants, our pipelines, our financial institutions.”

Susanne Posel is the Chief Editor of Occupy Corporatism. Our alternative news site is dedicated to reporting the news as it actually happens; not as it is spun by the corporately funded mainstream media. You can find us on our Facebook page.



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5 comments:

Governmental Deception said...

I so, so knew this, I have been saying it for a year. This sob, is going to make the power grid go down just like in " revolutions", and then he will blame it on some other country, freaking lie and say they did it. this will be a new kind of war. A War where Instead of these cowards taking troops to the battle grounds they are going to hit power grids. They control us and they wont let us live free. This SOB is a nut job he will be worse than Hitler three fold with the technology we have today.

stevor said...

Now we know the REAL reason that the power went off during the Super Bowl. It was a "demonstration" of how "vulnerable" our system is. This is really just a prelude to what the CIA will attack with "terrorists" of theirs not to far down the road, plan D, E, F, or some other one not imminent.

Anonymous said...

well I only read the title...and my first thought was, "why in the fuck is DHS and DOE telling us its inevitable that the system will be compromised?? Arent these the agencies that received tens to hundreds of billions of dollars?

And we never hear from them except ever so often when they tell us essentially...how fucked we are.

I'm sick of these crooks, this criminal government regime and the fascist corporatism that decides what is good for you and I.

They even decided the superbowl game. If you think that's bullshit...then I suggest you continue to pupate in your cocoon. Well at least there was more advertising revenues with the blackout.

Its all bullshit folks. Everything you see, hear and sense from these dickheads in leadership position. I say off with their heads.

Anonymous said...

@ Stevor - Completely agreed, although thankfully it wasn't what I had expected(a full scale attack) I did predict a "false-flag" of some sorts at the Super-bowl.

For years I have believed the simplest way to implement martial law as they desire would be to take down the power-grid system and plunge the (unprepared) nation into anarchy.

Allow the military take-over not as a totalitarian force put against the U.S civilian population but as "saviors" seeking to help the people to fend off the chaos.

This is part of the reason I have had a keen interest in "alternative" or improvised power generation systems and such, as well as learning how to live without electricity if need be(wilderness cadets in my youth helped).

The PTB's don't need a major attack to kill people, they just need to cut the power and let the unprepared, selfish and panicked people kill each other, at which point only large scale military force will be able to counter the widespread "domestic terrorism" resulting from that chaos.

Cause the Problem - provoke the Reaction - implement the Solution.

Peace,
Jonny

Anonymous said...

As a note on the article itself it is very important to note 2 things:

1) The U.S power-grid is interconnected to the Canadian power-grid in many areas, as such to bring down the entire U.S system would mean taking down all of North America.

2) Prior to 9/11 it was a physical impossibility for anything other than an EMP attack to disable the entire power-grid due to it's fractured structure of numerous privately owned companies and networks.

Only since 9/11 when the government deemed the power-grid to be "vulnerable" and began consolidating "security overview" systems to merge the entire power-grid into a single system that can be monitored and controlled did the danger of hackers come into play.

The federal government made the system vulnerable to hackers, no doubt as part of a problem-reaction-solution program.

Also, I see 3 options for what Anonymous is:

1) A government psy-op designed to play a role in future "false flag" events and to push more fear-mongering.

2) A legitimate group that due to it's nature is easily manipulated and easy to make bogus claims against.

3) A legitimate group that is led by young kids who don't understand that taking down the U.S power-grid(or the internet itself) would cause severe damage to the systems the Anon Collective itself relies on to exist.

If the power-grid were disabled by Anonymous then a large portion of the collective(all within North America) would lose their connections to the collective, their ability to communicate and carry out operations and such.

All North American internet servers and systems would likely be disabled as well which in turn would cause a ripple effect that would cause problems across the world wide web also effecting the Anon Collective outside of North America.

The equivalent of these claims against Anonymous would be the U.S.A government deciding that the best way to secure American global hegemony would be to nuke all of their own American cities into rubble.

It makes no sense what-so-ever, but the segment of the population this BS is meant for have no sense what-so-ever either so they won't question it.

Peace,
Jonny

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