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    'Military-Style' Raid on California Power Station Spooks U.S.



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    When U.S. officials warn about "attacks" on electric power facilities these days, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a computer hacker trying to shut the lights off in a city with malware. But a more traditional attack on a power station in California has U.S. officials puzzled and worried about the physical security of the the electrical grid--from attackers who come in with guns blazing.

    Around 1:00 AM on April 16, at least one individual (possibly two) entered two different manholes at the PG&E Metcalf power substation, southeast of San Jose, and cut fiber cables in the area around the substation. That knocked out some local 911 services, landline service to the substation, and cell phone service in the area, a senior U.S. intelligence official told Foreign Policy. The intruder(s) then fired more than 100 rounds from what two officials described as a high-powered rifle at several transformers in the facility. Ten transformers were damaged in one area of the facility, and three transformer banks -- or groups of transformers -- were hit in another, according to a PG&E spokesman.

    Cooling oil then leaked from a transformer bank, causing the transformers to overheat and shut down. State regulators urged customers in the area to conserve energy over the following days, but there was no long-term damage reported at the facility and there were no major power outages. There were no injuries reported. That was the good news. The bad news is that officials don't know who the shooter(s) were, and most importantly, whether further attacks are planned.

    Continued: http://complex.foreignpolicy.com/pos....JWKhaD9X.dpbs


    Black Blade: Seems that any "conventional" attack on the grid could be devastating in the immediate to intermediate term for a determined terrorist. Maybe even a criminal who wished to overburden law enforcement for a period of time while engaging in some other activity as well. A lot of reasons but also shows how exposed and how vulnerable the power grid is when you read stories about some "vandalism" on critical infrastructure. I keep a couple back up generators and a few flashlights and lanterns on hand as well. It has all come in quite handy during periodic blizzards when the grid goes down.
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    AT&T, which operates the phone network that was affected, has offered a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator or perpetrators.

    "These were not amateurs taking potshots," Mark Johnson, a former vice president for transmission operations at PG&E, said last month at a conference on grid security held in Philadelphia. "My personal view is that this was a dress rehearsal" for future attacks.

    At the very least, the attack points to an arguably overlooked physical threat to power facilities at a time when much of the U.S. intelligence community, Congress and the electrical power industry is focused on the risk of cyber attacks.

    There has never been a confirmed power outage caused by a cyber attack in the United States. But the Obama administration has sought to promulgate cyber security standards that power facilities could use to minimize the risk of one.

    At least one senior official thinks the government is focusing too heavily on cyber attacks. Jon Wellinghoff, the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said last month that an attack by intruders with guns and rifles could be just as devastating as a cyber attack.

    A shooter "could get 200 yards away with a .22 rifle and take the whole thing out," Wellinghoff said last month at a conference sponsored by Bloomberg. His proposed defense: A metal sheet that would block the transformer from view.

    Continued: http://www.montereyherald.com/opinio...id-open-attack


    Black Blade: Anyone who has prepped for an EMP type event is already ahead of the curve when it comes to attacks on the grid. Which reminds me I should start work on a new Faraday Cage for some electrical equipment.
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    they arrested a local wack-job for attacking power lines lately. i think he did millions of dollars of damage in just one or two idiotic attempts to take out the local grid.


    had he not been a complete wack job he probably could have taken out most of the power for a three county area. and that is with just low tech tools and no plan of attack.

    had he been part of an terrorist plot he could have done much more damage.

    the power grid and the communications grid is a sitting duck for sabotage inclined terrorist using low tech methods.

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    I think this was a dress rehearsal as well. Taking the power grid down will overwhelm all of the local gov agencies. Taking out the fiber optics (commo) with reduce any support from outside agencies as well as causing chaos with the sheeple.

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    Still lots of coal fired power plants around, I seem to recall an old army manual on guerrila tactics detailing how easy it was to pat coal dust on large chunks of C4 with embedded blasting caps and toss them into a pile of coal waiting to be fed into the plant. Cast TNT would work well, and be virtually undetectable to the naked eye. LOOOONNG supply line between the mine and the plants too, no way to secure it all. Folks have been stealing copper power wires for years with nothing more than a shotgun to cut them with.

    ANY developed country's utility infrastructure is highly vulnerable, no way to guard everything 24/7. During a peak demand time like a hot summer when all the AC is cranked up, taking out a single part of the grid could cause a cascade failure of an entire region. Look at the two major Northeast blackouts of 1965 and 2003, a single failure rerouted power to other lines, overloaded them, and millions lost power as the system shut down to protect itself. It's happened before, and will again no matter how much they prep for it. They had almost 40 years to prep after the 65 blackout, and all it took was some untrimmed trees and an alarm failure to cause a huge problem in 2003.

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    One of the SEAL books, think Marchinko Team 6. They made mention of how insecure that a particular Military base was..
    Commanding General, Admiral, of the base whatever said.. "My base is secure, aint nobody sneaking in here." Oh o.k..
    The SEALs went in at night, kidnapped the Commander, taped him up and drove off the base.. The SHTF, Commander was not real happy bout that..
    Could have been them Bad Boys showing them to tighten up? Yah never know..
    Tell yahs about the Special Ops raid on the Astor Bridge in a bit here.. Most excitement we have had since the trash truck caught fire..
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    Yeah, that was Marcinko and his "Red Cell" post Seal Team 6, IIRC. They also "blew up" a Nuclear Submarine in port and Air Force One while it was sitting on a runway under full guard. I believe their antics came to an end when they actually kidnapped a General and his wife and subjected the old boy to "enhanced interrogation techniques". He was forced to retire and they charged him with defrauding the government for some insider deal as payback.

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    Thank you kernel, yeah knew it was something like that.. Got to Air Force 1, them boys is bad to the bone.
    Astor Florida here on the Saint Johns river. Population about 1,300 full time. To our east is a rather larger population, Daytona, Palm Coast, etc. along the beaches.. 35 miles away or so..
    We have our bridges, one in town here, for people heading east, west, to cross the north south Saint Johns river..
    If a bridge goes out, long damn ride, or swim, to cross or get to the next one.. So their strategic in an emergency. Hurricane evacuation, forest fire, etc.
    Restaurant on each side of the bridge here. Several months ago people are enjoying the view and the night air.
    Holy sheeeeeeeeeet. All of a sudden the whole night lights up.. Choppers hovering, guys sliding down ropes in full camo, armed to the teeth. Boats with big guns on the river, like something out of a move.. Rambo part 7.
    Local Sheriffs block the road, but people in the restaurants are watching.. No one knows what the hell is going on. Then poof, just like that, over. They disappeared..
    Not one word on the news, nothing. It was like a non event.. Who were they, to this day nobody knows? Then the Sheriffs Dept. had these signs up in town for a few weeks. "Report Strangers or Strange Activity."
    Strange Activity, well WTF was that?
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    Miami Fort Station is a nominal 640-megawatt facility with three coal/steam units located in North Bend, Ohio, approximately 20 miles west of Cincinnati. Duke Energy owns 64 percent of both unit 7 and unit 8 (Dayton Power & Light owns 36 percent of each unit). Miami Fort Station is located in the Reliability First region and dispatched into PJM.

    This plant was built on land once owned by William Henry Harrison. Sometimes they leave a unguarded gate open and I joy ride on the base. They have little security.
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    You don't even need to get near the plant itself. IPL powers Indy, I see their open top coal cars sitting on sidings all over Southern Indiana when I drive to see my Mom. It would take all of 30 seconds for Osama Bin Hussein to stop and toss a few extra pieces of "coal" on board and drive away.

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