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Originally posted by johnsky
I've got a valid question.
Why is your electrical grid connected to the internet in the first place?
I mean, lo be it for me to tell technicians they can't chat while they work, but connecting the same terminals that control the grid to the internet seems like asking for trouble to me.
Well... whatever, if the grid comes down, it's your own fault for being stupid.
[edit on 8-4-2009 by johnsky]
Originally posted by JohnD
I'm sorry... I just can't help but snicker. I am envisioning a teenage Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy breaking into a high security government computer so they can play 'Global Thermonuclear War'.
Greetings Professor Falken. Heh.
In all seriousness, I would be more concerned about the threat of an EMP device. No manual override is either going to prevent or provide a quick fix for a complete disruption of a power grid due to the deployment of an EMP device.
Originally posted by Helig
A quick comment directed at the folks asking why these systems were connected to the internet. The logic behind this kind of setup is obvious, they want redundant links between sites without the need to spend ridiculous amounts of money to develop their own massive fiber network that provides such a mesh topology. Consumer fiber is not cheap and the kind you bury in the ground or string up on a pole costs a lot more, so from a financial standpoint I can see why such systems are jacked into the internet (probably using VPNs).
For those who wish to bone up on this topic check out SCADA and then hop over to the Network Security Blog and see if you can find the post where Martin talks about SCADA, because honestly this kind of thing should be keeping people up at night.
Originally posted by iamjesusphish
Originally posted by george_gaz Imagine if they sold that information to terrorists
thanks for that fear mongering nonsense ... i believe that the us government are the real terrorists
Originally posted by Bldrvgr
How convenient that the Electrical grid was some how "Hacked" Which now the most common person is going to be worried and actually agree with what ever they do ...
This gives them more leverage on attacking the internet as nothing more then a secruity risk...
This could be used to "Explain" the power outages in areas going on ... or future ones ..
and they can hold onto this for our real issue with the power grid in upcomming years.
Page 1 II [STAFF WORKING DRAFT] M ARCH 31, 2009 111 TH CONGRESS 1 ST S ESSION S. —— To ensure the continued free flow of commerce within the United States and with its global trading partners through secure cyber communica- tions, to provide for the continued development and exploitation of the Internet and intranet communications for such purposes, to provide for the development of a cadre of information technology specialists to im- prove and maintain effective cyber security defenses against disruption, and for other purposes
If China and Russia have done it to us, I know for a fact that we've probably already done it to them.