Friday, September 5, 2014

ISIS may attack the Power Grid

You  may have remember me talking about the attacks on our water system and power grid.

Last April, I posted on how there was a terrorist attack on the power grid in San Jose, California.  There wasn't much coverage of that incident in the state of California, let alone nationwide

Attack on Power Grid

Wall Street Journal wrote:
SAN JOSE, Calif.—The attack began just before 1 a.m. on April 16 last year, when someone slipped into an underground vault not far from a busy freeway and cut telephone cables.
Within half an hour, snipers opened fire on a nearby electrical substation. Shooting for 19 minutes, they surgically knocked out 17 giant transformers that funnel power to Silicon Valley. A minute before a police car arrived, the shooters disappeared into the night.
A sniper attack in April that knocked out an electrical substation near San Jose, Calif., has raised fears that the country's power grid is vulnerable to terrorism. WSJ's Rebecca Smith has the details.

With over 160,000 miles of transmission lines, the U.S. power grid is designed to handle natural and man-made disasters, as well as fluctuations in demand. How does the system work? WSJ's Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer.
To avoid a blackout, electric-grid officials rerouted power around the site and asked power plants in Silicon Valley to produce more electricity. But it took utility workers 27 days to make repairs and bring the substation back to life.
Nobody has been arrested or charged in the attack at PG&E Corp.'s PCG +0.23% Metcalf transmission substation. It is an incident of which few Americans are aware. But one former federal regulator is calling it a terrorist act that, if it were widely replicated across the country, could take down the U.S. electric grid and black out much of the country.
The attack was "the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred" in the U.S., said Jon Wellinghoff, who was chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the time.

National Geographic ran a program called the American Blackout.  The UK ran one at the same time, similar.

America Blackout

This came after the drill NERC conducted called GridEx II
GridEx II

We had several instances of our water supply being tampered with.  Once again, just like the attack on the power grid, there was no arrests made.

Man Rescued from Water Pipe of Water Treatment Facility

ANALAPAN, N.J. — The what was pretty clear: A New Jersey man got himself lodged in an outflow pipe at a water treatment plant for at least four hours.
But rescue officials and neighbors are still scratching their heads as to why 26-year-old Asef Mohammad jumped the chain-link and barbed-wire fence surrounding the United Water plant, climbed into a holding tank, then the 20-inch pipe.
"There is no reason for anyone whatsoever to climb into a pipe," said Rich Henning, a spokesman for United Water. "In 25 years in this business, I have never seen this happen."

There is a new possible threat to our power grid, this time it may come from the group ISIS:
  Dr. Peter Pry, a former CIA officer and head of the task force on National and Homeland Security, says the grid faces an "imminent" attack by ISIS, the increasingly powerful Mideast terror group.

Experts warn of attack on Power Grid

Something to think about when you are buying canned foods and what not.

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