The Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese and Russian hackers have already penetrated the United States’ electrical grid.

Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials.

The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, these officials said, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls. The intruders haven’t sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but officials warned they could try during a crisis or war.

“The Chinese have attempted to map our infrastructure, such as the electrical grid,” said a senior intelligence official. “So have the Russians.”

The espionage appeared pervasive across the U.S. and doesn’t target a particular company or region, said a former Department of Homeland Security official. “There are intrusions, and they are growing,” the former official said, referring to electrical systems. “There were a lot last year.”

Couple the fact that our grid has already been hacked into with the fact that researchers have already shown that “smart grid” technology isn’t particularly smart at all and you should be able to conclude that we have a problem.  People who fundamentally do not understand the technology of the grid are making political decisions that are actually making the grid less, not more, safe.

This should worry you.

Trust me, it worries those of us who work in this field.

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  1. Bleepless says:

    Note that the article casts doubt on the idea that the Chinese might be doing any such thing because we are good customers and a nice place to invest. This attitude — all too prevalent — is based upon the delusion that nobody thinks there is a higher value than money. This is one variety of mirror-imaging, the result being an inability to understand that others truly are different. Policies arising from such nonsense inevitably are seriously deranged.

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