February 20, 2014
The threat of a breakdown of our national power infrastructure has
been a growing concern for the last decade. With the invention of “Super
EMP” electro-magnetic pulse weapons, the possibility of Carrington-class solar flares, and the potential for cyber attackers to remotely compromise our
interconnected computer systems, there may come a time in our country’s
future when our entire way of life is threatened because we no longer
have access to the one thing that keeps it all moving – electricity.
Outgoing Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano recently suggested
that such a widespread outage is imminent and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke who is a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee concluded that the chance of a serious geo-magnetic event crippling our power grid is 100%.
The threat is real.
And as recently as last year Americans got a taste of what such an
attack may look like. Though not reported at the time out of national
security concerns, it was recently revealed that an entire domestic
power grid sub-station came under attack in what seems to be a professionally executed assault.
The attackers first cut phone lines from the sub-station and they then
proceeded to fire 100 rounds from long-range at critical components such
as the generators that keep the station cooling systems operational.
This resulted in millions of dollars worth of damage and a reported
electrical outage that spanned nearly a month.
According to officials this
was a sophisticated attack likely involving the coordination of
multiple individuals. And they’re not the only ones who think so.