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Power grid attack: a real scare or a movie plot?

On top of the current U.S. domestic troubles (economy/finances/real estate/job market/environment/health care/social security, etc) and the international situation looking increasingly serious, what else could possibly go bad?

Bruce Schneier discusses the latest scare: U.S. Power Grid Hacked, Everyone Panic!

Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system…The spies came from China, Russia and other countries… 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.

This reminds me another recent one: Deadly Electromagnetic Pulse Weapons Going Portable

Are these threats real, or our society is becoming increasingly paranoid? Maybe it’s just a coping mechanism during hard times… In any case, “follow the money” is always a good principle. As Schneier puts it:

I don’t know what’s going on; maybe it’s just budget season and someone is jockeying for a bigger slice.

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April 9, 2009 - Posted by | Security threats, US | , ,

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