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US electric grids endangered by cyberattacks

December 2, 2014


On November 20th, the director of the National Security Agency issued a warning that China and “one or two” other countries have the capabilities to mount cyberattacks that would shut down the electric grid and other critical infrastructure systems.  Before a House Intelligence Committee, Admiral Michael Rogers, director of NSA, said that he expects a major cyberattack on the United States.  “It’s only a matter of the ‘when,’ not the ‘if,’ that we are going to see something dramatic,” he said.

Admiral Rogers also heads the U.S. Cyber Command, a military division.  Admiral Rogers spoke about the imminent cyberattack threats China poses to the U.S. especially to the electric and power grids.  He answered questions from senators as to the degree of possible attacks and what the U.S. can do to shore up cyber defenses to such threats.