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Hackers working on behalf of China's People’s Liberation Army have penetrated networks controlling electric power grids in the United States, computer security experts believe. And that may have precipitated a massive blackout on the east coast in 2003, as well as a blackout in Florida this year.
BR: Nuclear war in the northern hemisphere.
BR: That sounds more than just taking out a few facilities in Iran. What are you referring to?
GG: Well, first of all, there’s three nuclear submarines on the west coast, from Russia. There’s three on the east coast. These are their new ones, I have all their data, somewhere. They’re two football fields in length, five stories tall and they have nuclear... they're able to go eighty miles an hour under the water, totally undetected. We can’t detect them.
Their targets are all the major cities on the west coast. On the east coast, obviously Washington, D.C., New York, Atlanta, the ports that bring in the stuff, 'cause they want to... they can bring us down. China says they can shut down our total electrical system and our computer system within two days.
China’s sitting back. They’re the wild card with them. Their government says it’s 5,000 years, it’s our turn to run the world. And, their plans are, as you know, to let us have our fight with the Middle East. Now, the plan was originally to get the war started in Israel, as you know.
NERC's detailed 228-page final report found a complex confluence of events responsible, but not a single hacker. It traced the root cause of the outage to the utility company FirstEnergy's failure to trim back trees encroaching on high-voltage power lines in Ohio. When the power lines were ensnared by the trees, they tripped.