The United States and Russia have been enemies for many years and this rivalry has fueled the creation of many innovative weapons.
According to the Associated Press, Russia has now created a special malware program that is capable of sabotaging circuit breakers and relay switches.
In short, if used, this malware program could cripple the entire U.S. power grid in no time.
“The potential impact of malware like this is huge,” Robert Lipovsky, an ESET researcher, told The AP. “It’s not restricted to Ukraine. The industrial hardware that the malware communicates with is used in critical infrastructure worldwide.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
The malware program was first discovered by Slovakian tech firm ESET, which, along with U.S.-based cybersecurity firm Dragos, has publicly provided technical information regarding the disruptive program that has been dubbed “Crash Override.”
According to Wired, one of the more worrisome aspects of the malware program is its built-in adaptability to be able to work in various electrical grid components across Asia and Europe, possibly even North America as well — meaning it could have a direct or indirect impact on every American household.
That adaptability comes from the modular nature in which the malware program was designed, meaning unique codes and protocols targeting various components specific to certain countries or regions could be easily swapped out.
“If this is not a wakeup call, I don’t know what could be,” Liipovsky warned.
“This is extremely alarming for the fact that nothing about it is unique to Ukraine,” Robert M. Lee, founder of Dragos and former intelligence analyst for an unnamed U.S. government agency, told the website. “They’ve built a platform to be able to do future attacks.”
Regardless of who developed the program, it is terrifying to know that it could be used to cripple the U.S. power grid at any time.
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