Report: Iranian Hackers Tested the U.S. Power Grid for Vulnerabilities

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America’s enemies need not drop a bomb to wage war on the U.S. With every aspect of modern life tied directly to our electrical grid, disturbing the flow of electricity to Americans can cause mass havoc and untold disorder- a terrific scenario for those who may wish to then invade.

As President Obama and his fellow Democrats work to lift damaging economic sanctions on Iran, a self-described enemy of the United States, they do so while understanding that the Iranian regime not only hopes to devastate American culture and government, but have actively been testing ways in which they can disrupt our way of life and wage war.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, Iranian hackers, in 2013, hacked-into a New York dam, a move intended to test the U.S. power grid for vulnerabilities.

The incident is still classified and has not been disclosed by the Obama Administration as they continue to cozy to the Islamic regime that routinely threatens mass devastation for the U.S. and our ally in the Middle East, Israel.

The report claims that the Iranian hackers did not take control of the power plant but, instead, probed the system for defenses, likely in a move to aid them in future, more-damaging attacks.

The hacking of the dam came in 2013 as Iran hacked a series of U.S. banks and three years after Iran dealt with a devastating computer worm that wreaked havoc upon their nuclear program- a worm that many believe was created by the U.S.

Last fall, National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers told lawmakers that China and “one or two” other countries could shut-down portions of U.S. infrastructure using a cyberattack.

The effects of a successful cyberattack could be devastating. According to a recent study, attacks on the grid could cost hundreds-of-billions of dollars, devastate hospitals and wreak havoc on the nation’s water supply.

The U.S. relies heavily upon the grid. From basic essentials like traffic lights to the spread of communication via cell phones and internet, a collapse of the grid, even a temporary one, could lead to mass looting and rioting and severe chaos as every facet of American life is affected.

Worse yet, authorities understand the precarious position but have yet to remedy the problem. The U.S. holds 57,000 industrial-control systems that are linked to the internet and the Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly issued warnings to utility companies stating that their systems are at risk.

Further, according to a report from The Hill, a DHS official recently warned utility companies that ISIS “is beginning to perpetrate cyberattacks.”

The U.S. remains incredibly vulnerable to an attack that can be launched without a single soldier from thousands of miles away. An enemy need not drop a bomb; they can devastate our economy, our culture, our lives and do it with a series of keystrokes.

Still, even with this revelation, not only has the Obama Administration failed to adequately address this looming threat, but has actually worked to further enable such warfare by cozying to Iran and lifting economic sanctions that will further allow them to better-fund terrorism and cyberwarfare.

About the Author

Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell
An unapologetic patriot and conservative, Greg emerged within the blossoming Tea Party Movement as a political analyst dedicated to educating and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional principles and a free-market solution to problems birthed by economic liberalism. From authoring scathing commentaries to conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in politics today including party leaders, activists and conservative media personalities, Greg has worked to counter the left’s media narratives with truthful discussions of the biggest issues affecting Americans today. Greg’s primary area of focus is Second Amendment issues and the advancement of honest discussion concerning the constitutional right that protects all others. He lives in the Northwest with his wife, Heather, and enjoys writing, marksmanship and the outdoors.
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