What if the US Power Grid Went Down?
Monday February 27, 2017
I think about this a lot. How would we survive without our power/tech if only for a day or two?
Let's say terrorists don't take it down but a natural disaster does. This is part of a long list of events at the very end.
The US electricity grid is a complex system crucial to life and commerce. It has more than 7,000 plants and has been vulnerable physically for decades. We are just beginning to understand a new threat to the grid's cybersecurity. Its computerized control could be abused by attackers who get into the systems. Cyberattacks can penetrate the electricity grid, shutting down power to people. It happened in Ukraine in 2015 and in 2016, and it could happen in the US.
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