The grid attack that could kill 9 out of 10 Americans (and North Korea is capable)
Quick Take: Utilities already have plenty of security headaches. After all, China, Syria and the hacker group Anonymous are all stepping up their cyber attacks against the grid. What's more, a recent report revealed that a physical attack on a handful of key substations could black out much of the Eastern seaboard for months.
But just in case you're not worried enough, a recent Congressional hearing has uncovered a new concern. â€“ Jesse Berst
Experts told the House Homeland Security Committee that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack aimed at the power grid could leave 9 out of 10 Americans dead through starvation, disease and societal collapse. That dire warning came from Peter Vincent Pry, a member of the Congressional EMP Commission and executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security.
An EMP could result from a nuclear bomb attack or even from an extreme solar storm. The result would be to overload and destroy many electronic systems.