March 1, 2022
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Concerns about serious threats against our Power Grid have re-emerged with CBS 60 Minutes and CBS News revealing US Admin’s shifting priorities, policies and intelligence gathering -- U.S. power grid at risk of attack - CBS News.
From the news reports:
At minute 1:57 Bill Whitaker reports:
“That’s right Norah, that report was from 2013 and it actually found the number was even lower. NINE, taking out just nine critical substations could black out the whole country.”
At minute 2:11 Norah is shocked and asks.
Norah: “Well, what can the government do or anybody do about this?”
Bill: “Spend Money!… Invest in better security. But that’s not happening now. Remember, the country’s 3000 power companies are in the business of selling electricity, not national security. And this last point is really important because the THREAT is REAL. Just last week 3 white supremacists pleaded guilty to plotting to attack power grids throughout the country, and they had a plan to hit critical substations simultaneously to cause a massive blackout.”
Many of the power grid owners spent some money 5-6 years ago to improve physical security for these critical substations but the security upgrades aren't effective in neutralizing terrorist style attacks. Grid owners installed cameras, alarms and electronic key card systems, and often built walls at the cost of millions of dollar$ to stop bullets from being fired into transformers, but...
...as you can see from this animation (below), new walls are easily overcome by attackers and the substation transformers are destroyed in as little as a few minutes.