Russian Hackers Breach U.S. Power Grid

Smart Meters Put Entire

Power Grid at Risk

Utility companies are spending big bucks to update the grid. My long time readers know that the nation’s power grid is in sorry shape. So updates are a good thing, right?

Not these updates.

Smart meters are the main tool being used to update the grid. Thousands, if not millions, of households are finding themselves with new smart meters whether they like it or not.

Advocates say smart meters improve communication. That they increase efficiency. And they make it possible to add more “clean” power to the grid.

What they leave out is that these smart meters can act as “power spies.” They record and share a great level of detail on your household power usage.

They also leave out how all this smart technology is creating a massive national security threat.

Millions of New Access Points

The addition of smart technology has made the grid has very complex. That’s a weakness in and of itself.

In complex technological systems, a minor malfunction – or manipulation – can create widespread problems,” says Michael Assante-a member of the board for the Council of CyberSecurity in Washington D.C.

For instance, in 2011, a low-level technician made a basic mistake. It left 7 million people without power. If an accident can cause that kind of damage, imagine what a malicious cyber attack could do.

Smart technology has added millions of new access points to the grid. Hackers are already taking advantage.

And I’m not talking about punk kids who hack into computers for kicks. I’m talking about well-organized, foreign-based hackers. People who are interested in destabilizing the U.S. for economic and geopolitical reasons.

Don’t believe me?

Early in the summer of 2014, it was revealed that hackers with ties to Russia have already used smart technology vulnerabilities to hack our grid.

Complete Collapse – Just a Mouse Click Away

Just how serious was their breach?

Pretty serious according to Symantec, a security company that handles this sort of thing. The group infiltrated more than 1000 energy firms. Companies that control wind turbines, gas pipelines, and power plants.

Their hacks allowed them to monitor the operational status of our energy infrastructure. Useful information for a competing government.

But it gets worse.

According to Symantec, the hackers also gained the ability to shut these systems down, with just the click of a mouse.

This breach was only possible because of the connectivity demanded by smart technology. According to Greg Schaffer, a Deputy Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security, “We are connecting equipment that has never been connected before to global networks.” He went on to say that hackers and foreign governments “are knocking on the doors of these systems – there have been intrusions.”

Currently the Russian government does not want the economic chaos that collapsing our grid would trigger. But do you think radical terrorists have the same misgivings?

Underestimating the Danger

In Europe they have already widely adapted smart technology into their grid. Security concerns are on the rise.

In a simulation, an IT security company showed how easy it would be for hackers to access power companies through online connections. For their demonstration, they targeted a small city in Germany. The exercise was a success. At least from a hacker’s point of view. “We could have switched off everything,” said the head of the company. “Power, water, gas.”

All thanks to smart technology.

I have to ask … how well would you do if the power, water, and gas supplies all shut down? If you haven’t already started to prepare for this kind of collapse, I urge you to begin today.

P.S. – A successful cyber attack on the grid could send us back to the late 1800’s. Some experts estimate that such an event would lead to the deaths of 9 out of every 10 Americans. Don’t let yourself or your family become a statistic. Let me help you put together a comprehensive plan for surviving the aftermath of any kind of widespread disaster or breakdown.