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April 20, 2014

U.S. Prepares for CyberAttack on Power Grid

Recognizing the potentially catastrophic consequences of an attack on the nation’s electricity grid – the federal government, with assistance from numerous groups and counterterrorism specialists –  conducted a massive disaster drill on Thursday.

Dubbed, “GridEx 2″, the simulated drill created a number of different disaster scenarios designed to test participants’ responses and the resiliency of the grid.

The New York Times reported on the war games: “By late Thursday morning, in this unprecedented continental-scale war game to determine how prepared the nation is for a cyberattack, tens of millions of Americans were in simulated darkness. Hundreds of transmission lines and transformers were declared damaged or destroyed, and the engineers were rushing to assess computers that were, for the purposes of the drill, tearing their system apart.”

“It’s going really well,” said Gerry W. Cauley, the president and chief executive of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, which ran the drill. “A bit scary, but really well.”

For more, see the latest Retro Report on the lessons from the 2003 blackout.

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