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Old 12-23-2014, 06:35 PM
 
Location: The Lakes Region
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Really curious. I saw a PBS special about Hackers and the dangers of
the SUXTNET Virus. They said when it was used on Iran's nuclear facility it
had the ability to actually operate the reactor and display to the monitors
that all was well when it was really causing a possible meltdown.

Now that SUXTNET is out there in Cyberspace, would it be possible to shut down
power grids in America ? If that happened, I heard news reports that nearly 90%
of American population could be wiped out in 6 months. This is very scary stuff
and the media seems to be pretty silent about it.

Any experts out there who would care to offer some input on what is fact and what
is fiction ? I am seriously wondering and not trying to elicit paranoia.

Also, learned in the PBS special that "Quantum Physics" could make it very easy to
break into highly sophisticated codes used to stop hackers.
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:17 AM
 
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My personal opinion, The US electrical grid could likely be taken offline by determined hackers. You might be interested in this article.

German steel works suffered “massive damage” after hack attack | Optimal Security: The Lumension Blog

I wouldn't say the media has been silent. A few articles on the subject.

Govt: China could take down U.S. power grid - CNN.com

NSA Director: China can damage US power grid | Fox News

What Hackers Can Do To Our Power Grid - Business Insider
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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The problem with the grid is largely one of constructing replacement parts. The design and construction of gazillion watt transformers is not something that the local Radio Shack does every day. The secondary problem is long stretches of vulnerable cabling. Compared to those, protecting against hacks is cheap.
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