Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid

One of my all time favorites from the Wall Street Journal.

"Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated By Spies"

Here are some choice quotes:
The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, these officials said, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls. The intruders haven't sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but officials warned they could try during a crisis or war.
 It shouldn't be too hard for them to find and infiltrate generation sites when they're all public knowledge.
The espionage appeared pervasive across the U.S. and doesn't target a particular company or region...
Yes, this sounds like espio^H^H^H^H^Hmalware.
Many of the intrusions were detected not by the companies in charge of the infrastructure but by U.S. intelligence agencies, officials said. Intelligence officials worry about cyber attackers taking control of electrical facilities, a nuclear power plant or financial networks via the Internet.
Worried, but not worried enough to do anything about it? I would hope that some sort of notice took place. I've read enough spy novels to let my imagination run wild and I've seen enough installations to have that imagination brought back to reality. Must be the cynic in me.

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