WSJ: Spies have infiltrated US electricity grid

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 08 2009 @ 16:29 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The Wall Street Journal reports today that the US electricity grid and other key infrastructure has been penetrated by spies from China, Russia and other countries. Current and former national-security officials told the paper that the intruders haven't sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but warn they could try during a crisis or war.
"The Chinese have attempted to map our infrastructure, such as the electrical grid," said a senior intelligence official. "So have the Russians."

The espionage appeared pervasive across the U.S. and doesn't target a particular company or region, said a former Department of Homeland Security official. "There are intrusions, and they are growing," the former official said, referring to electrical systems. "There were a lot last year."

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.

Authorities investigating the intrusions have found software tools left behind that could be used to destroy infrastructure components, the senior intelligence official said. He added, "If we go to war with them, they will try to turn them on."
More info at WSJ.


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