As the United States and coalition forces hit ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq, the jihadists are attempting a new way to terrorize their enemies.
According to CNN Money:
The Islamic State is trying to hack American electrical power companies — but they are terrible at it.
U.S. law enforcement officials revealed the hack attempts on Wednesday at a conference of American energy firms who were meeting about national security concerns.
Cyber-terrorism is enough of a threat that it reportedly is the kind of thing that keeps U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch “up at night.”
In just the last year, a group calling itself the Cyber Caliphate hacked Central Command’s Twitter account and posted threatening tweets like:
In addition, in Syria, ISIS has hacked the websites of human rights groups.
If ISIS reaches the point to where they could successfully launch an attack on the U.S. power grid, the consequences could be very severe.
USA Today reports:
A widespread outage lasting even a few days could disable devices ranging from ATMs to cellphones to traffic lights, and could threaten lives if heating, air conditioning and health care systems exhaust their backup power supplies.
Some experts and officials fear the rash of smaller-scale incidents may point to broader security problems, raising questions about what can be done to safeguard the electrical grid from an attack that could leave millions without power for days or weeks, with potentially devastating consequences.
For now, the Islamic State isn’t at the point to where it can do major damage to American infrastructure through cyber warfare. However, with the right resources in play, what’s considered far-fetched could become the grim reality none of us wants.