*TERROR ALERT* Intel Director Warns of Chinese Attack on Power Grid
A special unit of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army is dedicated to waging cyber warfare against the United States should the two nations become embroiled in a conventional conflict, with the goal of knocking out American infrastructure that is vital to the nation’s survival.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently told Congress that China’s and other countries’ cyber capabilities are so sophisticated that they are believed to even be capable of disrupting the entire U.S. power grid. If the outages are prolonged, it is believed that it could kill up to 90 percent of Americans, experts told a congressional panel in 2014.
In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee in September, Clapper said that the Chinese in particular have the capability to launch “a massive Armageddon-like attack against our infrastructure.” He did not say whether the U.S. possessed similar cyber capabilities, but it’s believed that the Pentagon’s cyber war capabilities are second-to-none.
The Chinese unit is known in military and intelligence circles as “Unit 61398.”
In November 2014, Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that once a hacker gained access to the power grid, there are any number of things that could be done to disrupt or even destroy wide swaths of the U.S. power grid.
“Once you’re into the system…it enables you to do things like, if I want to tell power turbines to go offline and stop generating power, you can do that. It enables you to shut down very segmented, very tailored parts of our infrastructure that forestall the ability to provide those services to our citizens.”
CyberWar.news reports that a significant and growing portion of China’s expanding military budget is devoted to improving the nation’s cyber warfare capabilities.