Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials.
But the programs weren’t activated and no damage was done. Unnamed sources said the attacks probably came from Russia and China without offering any actual proof.
I’m always a bit suspicious of unsourced warnings like this, especially with their timing, like maybe someone has an agenda – and indeed…
The Obama administration is weighing whether to expand the [cybersecurity] program to address vulnerabilities in private computer networks, which would cost billions of dollars more.
However, the US electrical grid is creaky, aging, and probably simple enough to penetrate. All the more reason for a new smart grid, which is redundant, secure, and delivers power reliably and consistently.