More scary news about grid vulnerabilities (and how utilities are getting the blame)



Quick Take:  I know you may be suffering from scare-story overload. It's a bit like the warnings on climate change. After a point, you just can't stand to read another story about how bad things are.


But I just wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't bring you this latest news. Short summary below, but you'll be better off to read the full story at the Los Angeles Times. - Jesse Berst


The owner of a small tech firm in North Carolina has discovered that breaching the grid is surprisingly easy. "There are a lot of people going through various stages of denial," Adam Crain told the Times. "If I could write a tool that does this, you can be sure a nation state or someone with more resources could."


When he shared his findings with the Department of Homeland Security, he caused them to issue a series of alerts to utilities. Why one alert after another? Because Crain keeps finding new security holes.


U. S. lawmakers are spending time and effort on the problem, but often at cross purposes. Some want regulators to mandate security upgrades. Others want utilities to share more information. Others are blaming whistleblowers in the media for sharing dangerous information.


Utilities and federal law enforcement are at odds as well. According to the Times, each accuses the other of being territorial and of failing to share incident reports and analyses.