I guess you guys will be in the dark soon as america will have to carry out false blackouts to make this seem legit...If China or Russia really wanted to destroy America why not hack into the Stock Market or better yet Goldman Sachs?China and Russia hack into US power grid
Cyberspies from China and Russia have hacked into the US electricity grid and hidden software that could be used to disrupt power supplies, according to officials.
By Alex Spillius in Washington 5:54PM BST 08 Apr 2009
Experts fear bugs have been dropped into the system that could be used to disrupt networks at a time of war or crisis.
"The Chinese have attempted to map our infrastructure, such as the electrical grid," a senior intelligence official told the Wall Street Journal. "So have the Russians."
Officials said water, sewage and other infrastructure systems were also at risk from the intrusions, which happened across the US and grew sharply in number last year.
Cyber-security is seen as a major vulnerability, with the US Defence Department spending more than $100 million (£69 million) in the past six months repairing various types of damage caused by cyber attacks.
Earlier this week Gen John Davis, the deputy commander of the joint task force for global operations, warned cyber attacks posed an increasingly serious and costly threat to US government and commercial networks.
Protecting the electrical grid and other infrastructure is a key part of the Obama administration's cybersecurity review, which is to be completed next week.
The Pentagon is sure many of the attacks came from China and Russia but could not determine if they were sponsored by the government in either country. Spokesmen for both embassies in Washington strongly denied any suggestion there was official involvement.
The US government is however convinced China is endeavouring to overtake the US as the dominant force in cyberspace. Researchers at the University of Toronto recently revealed the presence of GhostNet, a global cyber-spy network run from China that has infiltrated 103 countries and infected dozens of computers every month.
The ten-month investigation by the Munk Centre for International Studies in Toronto started as an investigation into interference with computers on computers belonging to the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader, and his supporters. It found that the Chinese had in many cases successfully searched computers, tapped into emails and turned on web cameras and microphones to record conversations within range.
Russia meanwhile has been accused of computer attacks by several neighbouring countries. During the armed conflict over the South Ossetia enclave last summer Georgia said Moscow had destroyed official websites.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/5126584/China-and-Russia-hack-into-US-power-grid.html