Russian hackers could have caused blackouts around the US

HELSINKI, FINLAND – JULY 16: Russian President Vladimir Putin answers questions about the 2016 U.S Election collusion during a joint press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump after their summit on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. The two leaders met one-on-one and discussed a range of issues including the 2016 U.S Election collusion. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

“The problem is a lot of this stuff was designed before there was any such thing as cybersecurity.” – Rebecca Smith, Wall Street Journal Reporter

A startling report, confirmed by DHS officials, regarding Russian hackers infiltrating U.S. utility company control rooms is shedding a light on the growing destructive capabilities of the Eastern European country.

The cyber attack, which occurred last year as part of a multifaceted and long-running campaign, put Russian in a position to cause blackouts throughout the nation, alter settings and steal system designs and documents, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Smith. The full damage of the invasion is still under review, with undetected planted malware a primary concern.

The means to shut down portions of power grids isn’t a new weapon in Russia’s arsenal — they managed to successfully turn off electricity in sections of Ukraine in 2015 and 2016.

“We’ve been seeing them testing, that’s their playground,” Smith told Jack Armstrong & Joe Getty in her interview on the air. “Unfortunately, most electric systems are set up in very similar fashions, so if you can bring one down, you can bring others down.”

Listen to the podcast below to hear her provide Armstrong & Getty with additional details on the story.


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