> addresses, thereby 'covering tracks' (Navy in the case we tracked probing > us... no big deal). NSA was nice enough not to turn off the power or take > over U.S. Pacific Command in this demonstration... I wonder who else can do > this kind of thing. -hedges- Before I wonder who else can do it, I wonder about the accuracy of said journalism. > > Computer hackers could disable military; System compromised in secret > > exercise > > Using software obtained easily from hacker sites on the Internet, a > > group of National Security Agency officials could have shut down the > > U.S. electric-power grid within days and rendered impotent the > > command-and-control elements of the U.S. Pacific Command, said > > officials familiar with the war game, known as Eligible Receiver. Is there a single system that controls every power grid in the nation? Or can they attack every single independent grid in a matter of days? If so, what did they base their potential success rate on? > > They broke into computer networks and gained access to the systems > > that control the electrical power grid for the entire country. If they > > had wanted to, the hackers could have disabled the grid, leaving the > > United States in the dark. Once again, is there some goverment agency that has full access to a "national power grid"? If so, why? > > Groups of NSA hackers based in Hawaii and other parts of the United > > States floated effortlessly through global cyberspace, breaking into > > unclassified military computer networks in Hawaii, the headquarters of And how can they shut down vital military function from unclassified networks? > > "The most telling thing for the Department of Defense, when all was > > said and done, is that basically for a two-week period the > > command-and-control capability in the Pacific theater would have been > > denied by the 'infowar' attacks, and that was the period of the > > exercise," the official said. How can they accurately judge the response time to an attack like that? Why "two weeks"?
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