Expert Warns: 100% Certainty of Total Catastrophic Failure of the Entire Power Infrastructure Within 3 Years (Video) – John Malcolm

United States Power Grid

United States Power Grid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I haven’t written a lot about this, mostly because my knowledge is more limited than in other energy areas which also have problems. But the apparent attack this morning on Iran‘s oil transhipment points makes the point clear. Anything connected to the internet, and some things that only have an indirect connection are vulnerable to hacking, and almost all controllers now run on ethernet of one kind or another. Not everybody loves us and as you separate out your vulnerabilities you lose all chance of security. That’s why some of us are so leery of cloud computing.

The ultimate nightmare, of course, is an EMP attack, but that would be a huge threat to protect against, it’s probably better to have a remedial plan for that, if even that is possible.

This article is very interesting, and I don’t disbelieve him, I don’t have enough information to flat-out say he’s right but, I find it very plausible.

Expert Warns: 100% Certainty of Total Catastrophic Failure of the Entire Power Infrastructure Within 3 Years (Video)

By Mac Slavo | April 20, 2012 | SHTF Plan

As smart grid metering systems expand across the developed world, many are starting to ask whether the threats posed by the new devices, which officials promise will save energy and reduce end user utility costs, outweigh their benefits. In addition to documented health concerns resulting from radiation emissions and no cost savings being apparent, opponents of the technology argue that smart meters are violative of basic privacy rights and give the government yet another digital node of unfettered access to monitor and control personal electricity consumption.

Now, an alarming new documentary suggests that security problems with the inter-connected and seemingly convenient smart grid may be so serious that they could lead to a catastrophic failure of our nation’s entire power infrastructure.

In an interview for the upcoming documentary titled Take Back Your Power, Cyber defense expert David Chalk warns that our nation is in crisis. Not only are our smart power grids susceptible to hacking, but they may very well already be infected with Trojan viruses and back doors that will ultimately lead to disastrous consequences:

(Video interview follows excerpts)

The front door is open, and there is no lock to be had.

There is not a power meter or device on the grid that is protected from hacking, if not already infected with some sort of Trojan horse than can cause it to be shut down, damaged or completely annihilated.

We can’t take a massive outage all at once.

When we say ‘it goes down,’ we’re talking about generators burning out. We’re talking about coal plants being damaged. We’re talking about destruction of equipment. This isn’t just a matter of electrons going around and shutting off the moving data.

Physical equipment can be damaged… watch some of the videos of cyber attacks on generators and other devices. You’ll see they’re actually damaged. Multi million dollar machines are hacked into.

We look at corporations. We look at the very companies like Symantec that are there to protect us having been hacked, and their code is in the public domain.

Bring forward a technology and I will show you that it’s penetrable. I’ll do it on national TV, I’ll do it anywhere… I can guarantee you 100% that there is nothing out there today – nothing – that can’t be penetrated.

We need safety and security, and today that does not exist in the smart grid.

Via Business Wire

“Unless we wake up and realize what we’re doing, there is 100% certainty of total catastrophic failure of the entire power infrastructure within 3 years,” said Chalk.

“This could actually be worse than a nuclear war, because it would happen everywhere. How governments and utilities are blindly merging the power grid with the Internet, and effectively without any protection, is insanity at its finest.”

Preview Take Back Your Power:

As Mr. Chalk points out, even the top security firms in the country have been hacked, and the head of USCyber Security confirms that military systems are under constant attack and have been broken by hackers who have gained access to sensitive military and space agency systems (including active Jet Propulsion Labs spacecraft). Our entire drone fleet, yet another node in the ever expanding control grid, was recently compromised by a virus that was able to log access commands and passwords for high security military systems. The vulnerabilities of these systems became starkly clear when Iran’s military broke global positioning encryption and took control of a U.S. military drone over their airspace.

This is no longer about a single computer going down or file directories being accessed. Cyber conflict is moving into an entirely new realm, where rogue hackers or state-sponsored cyber operations are capable of targeting physical grid infrastructure like power, water,  and oil refineries, commerce and transportation systems. According to one expert, such an attack has the potential bring down life as we know it in America in a matter of just 900 seconds.

Some would argue that we need more governance over the grid system, or stricter penalties for those who compromise it, or further yet, more monitoring and tracking so attacks can be prevented.

The other option, however, is that we take individual Americans off the traditional grid altogether by empowering them through tax credits and de-regulation, so that every one of us can have their own personal smart grid in their home, independent of intervention from government or traditional energy industry players.

Only this limited government, personal responsibility solution is capable of providing a truly impenetrable level of power grid safety and security for each and every person in the United States.

However, like all things government, the narrative seems to be to first create the problem, then move to fix it by more centralization, control and dependence. It’s a trend we see not just in our energy sector, but every aspect of our lives.

Hat tip Satori

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: 13,973 people have read this article (new feature)
Date: April 20th, 2012

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One thing I’ll add is that this isn’t a traditional IT security issue, although some of those techniques undoubtedly are germane, this has to do with millions of physical locations almost all of which are accessible to anyone. Much like a kiosk on a street corner that can access any part of a corporate IT Network. It is going to be a huge problem.

Expert Warns: 100% Certainty of Total Catastrophic Failure of the Entire Power Infrastructure Within 3 Years (Video) – John Malcolm.


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3 Responses to Expert Warns: 1003 Certainty of Total Catastrophic Failure of the Entire Power Infrastructure Within 3 Years (Video) – John Malcolm

  1. jackcurtis says:

    Seems to me, this leans a bit toward ‘the sky is falling’ in some ways but it does make some cogent points. The most central point for me, is the likely perpetual attempts by government to grab effective control of the internet using whatever comes to hand in an endless series of tries.

    That’s not to say others aren’t trying to use the internet for their own purposes as well. And hackers are included in such. Smart meters are turned off by the power supplier individually, aren’t they? If large numbers of them are controllable in unison, that would certainly be vulnerability, the magnitude depending on how many could be reached in a short time, right?

    But I’d rather depend on the power folk than the government, figuring that the long term risk price will be less…


  2. This is truly frightening. And when the grid goes down, can our bridges and water delivery systems be far behind?


    • Bridges might be OK although traffic flow will suffer badly. Water, not so much, it’s pumped by electricity. Incidentally, that’s what caused so much damage at Fukushima last year, lack of electricity to pump cooling water.


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