What would you do if the Internet or the power grid went down for over a year? Our key infrastructure, including the Internet and the power grid, is far more vulnerable than most people would dare to imagine. These days, most people simply take for granted that the lights will always be on and that the Internet will always function properly. But what if all that changed someday in the blink of an eye? According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s latest report, all it would take to plunge the entire nation into darkness for more than a year would be to knock out a transformer manufacturer and just 9 of our 55,000 electrical substations on a really hot summer day. The reality of the matter is that our power grid is in desperate need of updating, and there is very little or no physical security at most of these substations. If terrorists, or saboteurs, or special operations forces wanted to take down our power grid, it would not be very difficult. And as you will read about later in this article, the Internet is extremely vulnerable as well. MORE
Small-Scale Attack on U.S. Power Grid Could Cause Nationwide Blackout – Attackers could bring down the entire power grid of the United States in just a few moves, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The report, citing an unreleased federal study, says a blackout could last more than a year. The United States is divided into three major power networks: Texas, the western half of the U.S. and the eastern half. Coordinated attacks in those three grids, pictured above, would knock out power to nine of the nation’s 55,000 electric substations. That would be enough to achieve a nationwide blackout. The substations take in electricity from power plants and send it out to homes and businesses. The map below shows the flow of power out of those plants. Shepard Smith spoke to former New York Homeland Security Director Mike Balboni about the frightening report. He said the information and threat has always been out there, but a recent sniper attack at a California power station last April revealed the vulnerability of the network. MORE
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