Terrorism experts warned a Wall Street Journal reporter that the nation’s power grid is a vulnerable weak point. The say a shooting that caused damage at a California Power station was no prank, but likely a dry run by terrorists.
A sniper attack in April 2013 that disabled several transformers at a substation near San Jose, CA was “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred,” according to officials, and may have been a rehearsal for a broader wave of attacks designed to plunge the entire country into darkness, according to a report published Tuesday evening on the Wall Street Journal‘s website by Rebecca Smith.
The Journal reports that Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair Jon Wellinghof, a George W. Bush administration appointee who stepped down in November after seven years, secretly briefed the White House, Congress, and federal agencies last year to warn them that the attack on the substation–for which no arrests have yet been made–was no prank, but a meticulously planned and ultimately successful assault.
The recent focus on cyber-attacks may prove to be a harmful distraction from real weak points, such as the power grid, says Wellinghof.
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