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Are we Ignoring the Threat of Cyber Attacks on our Smart Grids?

“Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to a generator, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before,” reads the back cover of the New York Times best-selling 2015 book ‘Lights Out: A Cyberattack, a Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath’. Author of the book, Ted Koppel, a veteran ABC news journalist and former anchor of Nightline, paints a doomsday picture of large sections of the US plunged into darkness by an attack on its electricity grid. He describes the attack as “inevitable,” claiming the “Russians and the Chinese can do it and maybe the Iranians and the North Koreans.” He also highlights the fact that […]

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