February 5, 2014
Snipers Coordinated an Attack on the Power Grid, but Why?

Last April, unknown attackers shot up 17 transformers at a California substation in what the then-chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Jon Wellinghoff called "the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred" in this country.
Though news reports about the incident at the Metcalf transmission facility came out in April, The Wall Street Journal just pieced together the larger story of the attack together from regulatory filings and outside reporting.
Various power-grid facilities are vandalized or damaged regularly, but the details of this particular attack are startling. 
Before the attackers opened fire on the transformers, fiber optic lines running nearby were cut.
Whoever executed the maneuver knew where to shoot the transformers. They aimed at the oil-cooling systems, causing them to leak oil and eventually overheat. By the time that happened, the attackers were long gone. 
Wellinghoff toured the site with Navy Seals, according to the Journal, and they were convinced that it was a professional job. Several people in the Journal story join Wellinghoff in talking up the physical (not cyber) threats to the grid’s stability.
Despite the great reporting in the WSJ story, thecentral question remains unresolved: Why did this attack occur? What did they want? 
Read more. [Image: Google]

Snipers Coordinated an Attack on the Power Grid, but Why?

Last April, unknown attackers shot up 17 transformers at a California substation in what the then-chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Jon Wellinghoff called "the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred" in this country.

Though news reports about the incident at the Metcalf transmission facility came out in April, The Wall Street Journal just pieced together the larger story of the attack together from regulatory filings and outside reporting.

Various power-grid facilities are vandalized or damaged regularly, but the details of this particular attack are startling. 

Before the attackers opened fire on the transformers, fiber optic lines running nearby were cut.

Whoever executed the maneuver knew where to shoot the transformers. They aimed at the oil-cooling systems, causing them to leak oil and eventually overheat. By the time that happened, the attackers were long gone. 

Wellinghoff toured the site with Navy Seals, according to the Journal, and they were convinced that it was a professional job. Several people in the Journal story join Wellinghoff in talking up the physical (not cyber) threats to the grid’s stability.

Despite the great reporting in the WSJ story, thecentral question remains unresolved: Why did this attack occur? What did they want?

Read more. [Image: Google]

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    This isn’t terrifying or anything. Not at all. Oh, the canned goods? Why do I have so much? No reason.
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    Maybe just dumbass vandals who have a friend who worked for the power company who knew the system and equipment. They...
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    Why indeed? Why didn’t I/we know about this. Did the NSA scandal knock it off the media map?
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    From theatlantic: Wait. What?!
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    Huh. That’s fucked up and well, duh, that seems like a really obvious thing to do.
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