Reality or paranoia?
Well, we are sorry to say, the danger to the grid is far too real. And it’s not only the grid, but also other vital infrastructure providers such as nuclear power plants, defense agencies and companies, and banks.
The current threat is called “Sharpshooter”. McAfee posted their findings just five days ago – Dec. 12, 2018. See: https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/mcafee-labs/operation-sharpshooter-targets-global-defense-critical-infrastructure/. You can also read about this on CNBC, ABC, ZDNet and others. Fox has many reports about various hacks over the years, although not this particular one.
So far, no actual damage has been done. As with many previous hacks on the US grid, it appears this operation is reconnaissance and spying… exploring possible access routes, planting malware, and, it is feared, getting ready for possible future operations.
The hacking route in this case is through Word documents that appear to be job recruitments proposals, that people open. *** Whether at work or at home, don’t ever open an attachment if you are not expecting it. Check with the sender. And don’t open documents from unknown sources at all. Lastly, don’t think you are immune… no-one is too small to be attacked.
So attacks that can harm the grid are a very real possibility. What could you do if a hacking attack brought the grid down? Can you provide water and food for your family — at least for a while?