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Smart Meters, Terrorist Hackers, and a Power Grid Collapse

Written by Gary North on May 4, 2012

The worst-case scenatio used to be nuclear war. That involved the USA vs. the USSR.

Today, the two worst-case scenarios in the modern world are these: (1) terrorist use of biological weapons in several cities at the same time; (2) a terrorist attack on the power grid. These are home-brew operations. The potential perpetrators cannot be identified in advance.  The attack could come at any time.

There is no known defense. There are too many haystacks, too many potential needles.

We therefore live in terms of the tender mercies of smart pathological people.

We like to pretend that “it can’t happen here.” Yet we know it can.

This brings me to this report.

For at least the past five years, the federal government has been pushing utility companies across America to “upgrade” their infrastructures to support “smart grid” technology that allows two-way communication with, and centralized control of, the energy grid through an internet-based network. But cyber expert David Chalk says that a complete and catastrophic failure of the entire smart energy grid is definitely going to occur within the next three years, and that few are aware of this.

The power plants have been locally operated. But the federal government, in its desire to centralize everything, is pushing local plants to become part of the national grid. New technology has made this possible.

For this reason and others, many have hailed smart grid technology as the solution, and as the way to bring the electric grid into the 21st century. But according to Chalk and many other experts in the field, smart grid technology is highly vulnerable to cyber attacks, and the technology is so digitally centralized that hackers are sure to “crack the code,” so to speak, and eventually bring down the system.

“We’re in a state of crisis,” says Chalk. “The front door is open and there is no lock to be had. There is not a power meter or device on the grid that is protected from hacking — if not already infected — with some sort of trojan horse that can cause the grid to be shut down or completely annihilated.”

Smart grid technology is also vulnerable to failure from solar storms and digital warfare, both of which could quickly take down the entire system in an instant, leaving millions, and potentially billions, of people in the dark without power. Smart grid technology also comes with its own unique health and privacy risks that are being ignored by its proponents as well.

“Unless we wake up and realize what we’re doing, there is 100 percent certainty of total catastrophic failure of the entire power infrastructure within three years,” adds Chalk. “This could actually be worse than a nuclear war, because it would happen everywhere. How governments and utilities are blindly merging the power grid with the Internet, and effectively without any protection, is insanity at its finest.”

You may choose dismiss all this as the ravings of an alternative media site. But the editor got this story from a mainstream media source, MarketWatch. If you think this report is tinfoil hat stuff, read this.

When the federal government meddles, we should plan on unpleasant unintended consequences. This has to be at the top of any list of unpleasant unintended consequences.

Would governors call on the U.S. Army to impose martial law? Of course. Does the Army have a field manual on how to do this? Of course.

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10 thoughts on “Smart Meters, Terrorist Hackers, and a Power Grid Collapse

  1. WillytheGeek says:

    This is why credit cards/digital money is not the only way to go. when the system fails and it will partially or totally, we wont be able to function unless we have a manual way of doing it. It happened when i worked for a transportation company. There was a power failure and all the computers went down. It happened during hurricanes along the gulf coast as recently as 6 or 7 years ago. You cannot rely on electronics and automated systems.

  2. Mayflower Decendant says:

    I refused the smart meter and we had to pay an extortion fee of $40.00, plus a monthly fine of $12.00. We are happy to pay the extra to keep this hurtful item off our home. I wasn't the only one in our small town to refuse. There were so many in fact that we made the major newspaper 25 miles away… hahahahha… My friend who lives in the next town over didn't know she could refuse and has seen an increase in her electric bill since the meter was installed.

  3. Mike B. says:

    We'll need more than cash to weather a nation-wide failure of the power grid. Everyone will need access to clean water (a well) and some way to generate power that doesn't rely on refiners and truckers to deliver (and power to run gas station pumps). Solar, although inefficient and expensive, would work. Small generators will soon run out of fuel. Better have a well-stocked food pantry also.

  4. There are too many haystacks, too many potential needles? If you know where the needles are.John Brennan – Terrorism Czar 
Anti CIA activist. No training in diplomatic or gov. affairs. Believes Open Borders to  Mexico and a dialog with terrorists and has suggested Obama disband US military A TOTAL MORON!!!!!Gary Samore – WMD Policy Czar
 Former  US Communist. Wants US to destroy all WMD unilaterally as a show of good faith. Has no other “policy Dennis Blair – Intelligence Czar
 Retired US Navy. Stopped  US guided missile program he described as “provocative”. Chair of ultra-Liberal “Council on Foreign Relations” which blames American organizations for regional wars.Carol Browner – Energy and Environment Czar
Political Radical. Former head of the EPA – known for anti-business activism. Strong anti-gun ownership.Just Facts.

  5. wnettles says:

    There is a 50% chance of a single missile EMP attack and a 15% chance of a multiple missile EMP attack within the next 5 years on our nation. Beyond that, the probabilities approach 100% near year 2020. If our national power grid is not 1) protected on the high voltage transmission side, and 2) prepared for recovery with plenty of spare transformers and switchgear, then we are fools. A single nuclear weapon (it does not have to be very large) can yield an Electromagnetic Pulse that could put this nation back to the technological level that we were at around the year 1900. If our national leaders don't get off their butts and pass and fund meaningful strategic missile defense, there may not be anything to defend one day soon.

  6. no we are not the fools these companies are the fools with all the money they get they should have spare parts just laying around for whatever goes wrong just look at the oil companies oh a refinery went down cause something broke and its weeks before they get the part they need untill then the price of gas goes up and never comes down as fast as it went upi think they do that on purpose to get more money out of us like they dont get enough like i say once they get 3 dollars a gallon theyll look to get 4 then 5 then 8 and so on onece they get it it will never come down. so go ahead and keep beliveing what they say and they and people like them expect us to go along with the flow ya right if we didnt need these things they would be out of bizz think about that one if we all stop for one or two days they might just get the message we are getting tired of thier bullshit and wont put up with it much longer we can break or make a company in a day or two watch these share holders and what not start loseing money just maybe they will realize that the american people are getting fed up really fast with all of thier bullshit

  7. Sandra Knopf says:

    I would like to suggest reading "The 5th Journal" by Matt Sims. it is an amazing novelization of what could happen and how and why one should prepare.

  8. Right! Kind of reminds me of Obamacare. Not only that did anyone think of the meter reading jobs lost? I see no reason to have these meters other than spying and forcing the public to go along with it. They are using environmental concerns as leverage. I foresee big problems with this agenda.

  9. jeromefromlayton says:

    Got wind in your area? Compressed air is useful and the pump can be directly powered from a windmill. Tanks make yesterday's wing useable today.

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