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Experts say the US is risking ‘APOCALYPSE with millions of people queuing for food and water’ if there is a cyberattack on the power grid

Experts warn the US is at risk of a “doomsday” with millions of people lining up for basic needs if there is a cyberattack on the power grid.

Experts have worried for years that the national power grid is very vulnerable to cyberattacks from outside countries if they want to target the US.

People line up for water in Texas during a power outage in February

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People line up for water in Texas during a power outage in FebruaryCredit: Getty
Experts are warning that the US is vulnerable to cyberattacks

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Experts are warning that the US is vulnerable to cyberattacksCredit: Getty

A study is being done by researchers at the Hudson Institute Quantum Alliance Initiative looking at the destructiveness of a hypothetical quantum cyber attack on the US power grid, and the preliminary results are bleak, at least.

Preliminary results suggest that protecting the country’s electricity grid should be a much more pressing priority than it is now.

“The preliminary results of the study provide important clues about the areas where policymakers should focus, not just to protect our power grid from a large-scale quantum computer attack. large but also, in the event of failure, to mitigate such an attack from impacting our infrastructure, both economically and on national security,” said the institute’s preface to the study. Hudson said.

The study authors gave an example of the catastrophic effects of a power grid failure in Texas following a hurricane earlier this year.

“Millions of people are without power; shops and banks are closed; vital services are powered by emergency generators, if any; unfortunate millions are waiting for food and water.

“The experience the state of Texas experienced in February 2021 is just a preview of what we would all face if the ever-vulnerable energy grid of the United States were to suffer an attack. large networks,” the study’s introduction says.

A task force within the US Department of Energy, the North American Energy Resilience Model (NAERM), has been tasked with looking at how to best protect the country’s energy grid from both natural disasters and crises. announcements or cyber attacks.

However, the study authors caution that NAERM focuses on known, existing cyber threats, not the potential for quantum computer attacks.

The NAERM purge … covers only existing, conventional cyber threats and does not extend to quantum computer attacks, whose impact will last longer, the study said. and much worse than a regular cyber attack.”

“Indeed, the ‘smarter’ grid means that, the greater the extent to which it depends on computer monitoring and control, the more vulnerable it is to such an attack.”

The authors warn that a quantum computer attack could cause “catastrophic harm” to both the economy and society at large unless steps are taken now to reduce the risk.

City workers distribute water in Houston in February during a power outage

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City workers distribute water in Houston in February during a power outageCredit: Getty

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/17054878/us-risking-apocalypse-power-grid-cyber-attack/ Experts say the US is risking ‘APOCALYPSE with millions of people queuing for food and water’ if there is a cyberattack on the power grid

Caroline Bleakley

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