Tell Congress: Update our Power Facilities Against Attack
In March, the FBI reported that hostile foreign agents had gained access to the U.S. electrical grid. Hackers illegally got access to our critical nuclear, electrical, and water facilities for information that could lead to MILLIONS without power. Worse yet, these foreign agents are using decade old tactics that American energy systems should be able to withstand.
There can no longer be any doubt: In a warning issued March 15, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI confirmed that Russian hackers have infiltrated the U.S. electric grid and may well have the ability to shut down our power plants at will.
It is unlikely that they could shut down the entire grid at once, or that they could wreak life-threatening havoc at our well-secured nuclear plants. But neither of those things are necessary to cause major economic damage, social unrest and threats to public health and safety. In reality, taking out a dozen large power plants in key locations across the country could hamstring our electric grid for days, weeks or even longer depending on the damage done.
And that is something the U.S. public rightly fears. In a survey this month sponsored by Protect Our Power, a group of professionals focused on strengthening the grid, 66% of respondents said they are unprepared for an extended power outage, and 67% said they would anticipate significant financial or quality-of-life damage in the event of an extended outage.
What will you do if your power goes off because of these hackers? Will you feel safe? How will hospitals, schools, and communities function?
Tell Congress: Update our power systems to prevent against an attack – it's a matter of national security.
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Sources: Russians are hacking our electric grid. Where's the urgency on this escalating threat?
Suedeen Kelly, Opinion contributor Published 5:00 a.m. ET March 22, 2018 | Updated 4:03 p.m. ET March 22, 2018
"Are you and your neighbors safe from hackers attacking the U.S. power grid?” Lori D’Orazio, ReBuild USA.. P.O Box 33973
Washington, DC 20033, United States