Foreign Hackers Infiltrate U.S Electrical Grid

Pulkit Chandna

Cyberspies have reportedly maneuvered themselves into such a position of strength that they can literally pull the plug from the U.S electrical grid whenever they like. According to a Wall Street Journal report, which is based on input from unnamed security officials (retired and serving), foreign spies have not only breached the electrical grid’s ramparts but also left behind software that could allow them to cripple the system.

Officials say that the spies – thought to be from Russia, China and other countries – only wanted to take stock of the American electrical infrastructure and intended no immediate harm. "There are intrusions, and they are growing," a former Department of Homeland Security official told the WSJ.

Both the Russians and Chinese have rebuffed the allegations against them. It is difficult to ascertain whether or not these cyber-saboteurs are acting at the behest of a foreign government.

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