The United States military is scrambling to patch a major weakness that has been identified by the North Korean and Iranians.
Knowing that both countries will never be able to wage a conventional war against the U.S., they have taken it upon themselves to develop weapons that will target the U.S. power grid.
In an attack like that, the U.S. power grid would be disabled, leaving innocent Americans without power and struggling to live their daily lives.
“Amid warnings that North Korea and Iran have plans to take out parts of the U.S. electric grid through a cyber attack or atmospheric nuclear blast, the Pentagon is taking steps to both protect the nation’s communications and power lifeline,” the Washington Examiner reported. “The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has charged BAE Systems to map a system that can detect a cyber attack and gin up an alternative communications network for military and civilian use if the grid is fried, according to Defense Systems, the online newsletter.”
DARPA’s mission is to develop “early warning of impending attacks, situation awareness, network isolation and threat characterization in response to a widespread and persistent cyber-attack on the power grid and its dependent systems.”
“Potentially relevant technologies include anomaly detection, planning and automated reasoning, mapping of conventional and industrial control systems networks, ad hoc network formation, analysis of industrial control systems protocols, and rapid forensic characterization of cyber threats in industrial control system devices,” it continued.
This is a severe threat and it is good to see the U.S. military taking it seriously. We must be prepared on every level to deal with aggressive countries like North Korea and Iran, no matter how nonthreatening they may seem.
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