Serious threats to U.S. infrastructure, and especially to the electrical grid, have grown significantly in the past year and, as National Intelligence Director Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray Coats58 ex-national security officials rebuke Trump over emergency declaration DNC unveils new security checklist to protect campaigns from cyberattacks Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE reiterated to Congress recently, “the warning lights are blinking red.” ADVERTISEMENT What do those warning lights look like? According to the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community, issued on Jan 29: China is able to launch cyber attacks that cause localized, temporary disruptive effects on critical U.S. infrastructure for days to weeks; Russia is able to execute cyber attacks on electrical distribution networks, and “Moscow is mapping our critical infrastructure with the long-term goal of being able to cause substantial damage”; Iran is trying to develop cyber capabilities that enable cyberattacks against the critical infrastructure of the U.S. and our allies; and North Korea has the ability to use cyber attacks to steal from financial institutions, including a successful heist of some $81 million from… Read full this story
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