This was reported by ABC News . . . and no other Establishment media.
A destructive “Trojan Horse” malware program has penetrated the software that runs much of the nation’s critical infrastructure and is poised to cause an economic catastrophe, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
National Security sources told ABC News there is evidence that the malware was inserted by hackers believed to be sponsored by the Russian government, and is a very serious threat.
The hacked software is used to control complex industrial operations like oil and gas pipelines, power transmission grids, water distribution and filtration systems, wind turbines and even some nuclear plants. Shutting down or damaging any of these vital public utilities could severely impact hundreds of thousands of Americans.
What is amazing is this: this fact is only now coming to light. This has been known inside public utilities circles since 2011.
Unnamed sources have blamed unnamed hackers with an unproven connection to the Russian government.
I ask: When did these unnamed sources find out about this? Why did they not go public with it then? There is an obvious answer that occurs to me: Because they feared more for their careers than they feared for the safety of the country.
A second possibility: they knew nothing would be done about it.
This story — not Ebola, not Mitch McConnell — should be the prime time story until this gets disproved or else the software gets fixed. This really is a threat to the division of labor.
We know that unnamed hackers set back Iran’s nuclear power program by several years with a similar piece of software in 2010. There was no hue and cry by the American media. When unnamed sources blamed the U.S. government and the Israeli government as having been the only possible perpetrators, there was cheerleading in the media.
This recent story got two minutes of fame on one TV network. Then it disappeared. Why? Not because the White House denied its truth. The White House has remained silent.
The threat of malware in public utilities has been a story in the background for a decade. Here is a story from 2008. No one in high places has denied the plausibility of the threat. But it never gets media coverage. It’s not considered newsworthy.
Why not? Because nothing has been done about it for a decade. If something cannot be solved institutionally, given budgets and political constraints, then the media clam up. So, nothing gets fixed. There is no public pressure to fix the problem.
This story sneaked out of the background noise. It will soon return to where it came from.
If there has been so solution since 2011, there will be no solution by 2021.