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Everything about this situation indicates that plenty of governments and companies around the
world didn’t take WannaCry seriously, failed to patch their systems and are now paying the price.
 

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Everything about this situation indicates that plenty of governments and companies around the
world didn’t take WannaCry seriously, failed to patch their systems and are now paying the price.
This is probably a dumb question, but what is the real likelihood that a cyber attack could take out a power grid.....like ours?
 

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This is probably a dumb question, but what is the real likelihood that a cyber attack could take out a power grid.....like ours?
A hacker got into NASA a couple of years ago. Does that answer your question?

These attacks and hacks are becoming a common news item so that we are not even surprised any more when they happen.
 

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This is probably a dumb question, but what is the real likelihood that a cyber attack could take out a power grid.....like ours?
15 years ago, the northeastern US found out that an automated power grid can take itself out, if not programmed just right. So yea, it wouldn't take much to throw a monkey wrench into those works - if you knew which device to throw the monkey wrench into. The automated grids we see now are a delicate balance, physically underbuilt but with lots of computer aids - unlike the old, robust grids from 30 or 4o years ago.
 
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15 years ago, the northeastern US found out that an automated power grid can take itself out, if not programmed just right. So yea, it wouldn't take much to throw a monkey wrench into those works - if you knew which device to throw the monkey wrench into. The automated grids we see now are a delicate balance, physically underbuilt but with lots of computer aids - unlike the old, robust grids from 30 or 4o years ago.
I remember the blackout in 2003 well. I was sitting in a house I was moving from with basically no cash and no food, finishing up some work, and looking forward to going out for a nice late lunch/early dinner. My plans somewhat changed.
 

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Im waiting for the day that a MAJOR bank somewhere in the world will open up shop one morning and every
account on the screen will show a big fat ZERO.
Wanna talk about panic !!!!
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A hacker got into NASA a couple of years ago. Does that answer your question? <snip>
I'll see your NASA and raise you an NSA. One or more hackers got into the U.S. National Security Agency, which is among the world's leading experts on cyber-spying, repository of vast amounts of collected information on (probably) billions of people, and a place that you'd think would be best-protected against hacking.

The hackers stole a whole bunch of the NSA's own hacking software tools, and variations of those have been used to create the world-sweeping ransomware calamities that are in the news today and that sparked this thread. Thanks NSA!

butterknucket, it's not a dumb question, the answer is 'it's likely' that serious disruptions of the systems we rely upon can be caused by hackers, and you can bet that miscreants are working on it right now. Why blow up just 20-30 people when you can sit at your desk and seriously disrupt and stall the daily lives of hundreds of millions of decadent corrupt non-believers?!
 

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I'll see your NASA and raise you an NSA. One or more hackers got into the U.S. National Security Agency, which is among the world's leading experts on cyber-spying, repository of vast amounts of collected information on (probably) billions of people, and a place that you'd think would be best-protected against hacking.

The hackers stole a whole bunch of the NSA's own hacking software tools, and variations of those have been used to create the world-sweeping ransomware calamities that are in the news today and that sparked this thread. Thanks NSA!

butterknucket, it's not a dumb question, the answer is 'it's likely' that serious disruptions of the systems we rely upon can be caused by hackers, and you can bet that miscreants are working on it right now. Why blow up just 20-30 people when you can sit at your desk and seriously disrupt and stall the daily lives of hundreds of millions of decadent corrupt non-believers?!
NSA hacking tools were stolen by one of their own contractors, the NSA were not 'hacked' in the traditional sense.

Powergrid, banks and other utilities/essential services are definitely vulnerable to hacking as some "brilliant" fools decided that the systems that run them should be connected to the internet- that's just plain dumb.

Lastly, what do you mean by your last statement? That hackers = Muslim extremists?
 

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NSA hacking tools were stolen by one of their own contractors, the NSA were not 'hacked' in the traditional sense.
You are confused.

In 2013, NSA contractor Edward Snowdon took files and data to prove his revelations about then-little-known activities of the governments of the U.S., Britain, and other countries in cyber-spying on and collecting information about mostly-innocent people worldwide.

In August of 2016, one or more hackers identifying as The Shadow Brokers pierced NSA's security and gained access to some of its most-important secret files. These included a library of "exploits" - little-known vulnerabilities in computer and router operating systems and popular software which were discovered in research by NSA staff or (in some cases) purchased from other hackers who had discovered them. (It's noteworthy that the NSA never told the software manufacturers about their vulnerabilities.) The Shadow Brokers also copied software developed by the NSA to take advantage of those exploits and hack into computers around the world to monitor and take information from them.

The information and programs that Shadow Brokers took subsequently circulated in hacker circles around the world, and hackers have been using them and adapting them to create various attacks, including the two recent ones which have caused world-wide disruptions.

Lastly, what do you mean by your last statement? That hackers = Muslim extremists?
Of course not! However it's a pretty safe bet that among the hackers working on ways to disrupt our computer-based-and-connected world there are Muslim extremists salivating about how much damage they could do.
 
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