NSA Director: Yes, China Can Shut Down Our Power Grids

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China and “one or two” other countries are capable of mounting cyberattacks that would shut down the electric grid and other critical systems in parts of the United States, according to Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command.

The possibility of such cyberattacks by U.S. adversaries has been widely known, but never confirmed publicly by the nation’s top cyber official.

At a hearing of the House intelligence committee, Rogers said U.S. adversaries are performing electronic “reconnaissance” on a regular basis so that they can be in a position to disrupt the industrial control systems that run everything from chemical facilities to water treatment plants.

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  1. As a former BBS operator prior to the Internet, there indeed is nothing really new under the sun.
    We dealt with it then and we will deal with it today.
    Some of the nasty software coming off the internet hits just about everyone at one time or another.
    Those nasty pieces are also very sophisticated. Way too sophisticated to have originated in someone’s garage.
    I ended up with one of them a few weeks ago. I had to pull out the big weapons to get rid of it.
    One of my children helped me or I would have been into a fair sized bill or loss of my computer.
    Since then I have seen it on one other machine.
    Traces of those things have been found on another machine.
    I know how to get rid of it since I watched my son do it for me. He and the other two children work as network engineers and they are far beyond my paygrade on this stuff right now.
    It took no less than 4 different programs to eliminate that one malware/software virus on this machine. The next day it showed up in the backups and I got rid of those too.
    These things are passed on by people unaware of what is going on. They are literally the “bloody marys” of the computer world and before the thing hits their personal computer they may go weeks infecting other people with Trojans and other nasty software.
    There are some things we all need to do. A lot of these nasty little programs are kept to one user on the computer. Go into windows and make more than one user without administration privileges.
    Make multiple backups over a serious length of time. Put them on some other format other than a hard drive.
    Use anti-malware software before you do this to make sure you are not passing this stuff back to yourself.
    In the end, the only real defense is to erase the hard drive and start over. That means keeping your documents separate from your computer. I know it is a pain. But that is what you need to do.
    I once had a young man log into my bulletin board. He broke security got to a C prompt.
    He then proceeded to take over the machine and format the hard drive. Talented little soul wasn’t he?
    As he typed C:/ format I unplugged my machine from the wall.
    Since his computer still thought he was logged onto mine. he completed the command.
    It formatted his Dad’s computer with all of his Dad’s documents, spreadsheets, tax information, etc. on it.
    The kid was in a whole lot of trouble when Dad got home.
    We banned him from every bulletin board in town. My son figured out the whole in the software and closed it.
    That was in 1992. Things have gotten a whole lot more complicated since then.
    All three of my sons have careers in computer maintenance and make good money. I consider them tops in their field in Ohio. My oldest does consulting all over the east coast occasionally. I would place him at least number 5 in the country. But that is just pride on my part. I have no real idea just how good he is. I just know a lot of people pay him big dollars to fix their systems against this cyber crime.

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