Friday, November 7, 2014

Trojan Horse supposedly planted in US power grid and other infrastructure sites by Russia in 2011


ABC News has been reporting on a “Trojan Horse” style malware planted, according to Homeland Security and other federal sources, on computers involved in running the electric power grid, oil pipelines, wind turbines, and similar infrastructure components.  The ABC News story broke Wednesday night and is here  with a video by Brian Ross.
  
The Trojan is called “Black Energy”.  But it resembles another Trojan called “Sandworm”.
  
Planting of the virus seems to be a “Cold War” tactic.  It seems to have occurred before Putin’s adventurism with the Ukraine (and other former Republics, possibly even Finland) and also before the passing of the anti-gay propaganda law in 2013. 
  
There’s no evidence that the Russian state or Russian “mafia” business interests have tried to activate the virus, or that it could work now.  There’s a good question (debated since about 2002, shortly aftrrt 9/11) as to why critical components, like of the power grid, would be topologically accessible to the public Internet at all.  But a totally separate grid could be infected with flash drives, for example. There is debate as to how much damage a cyberattack on the grid could do, compared to a physical EMP attack.
     
The story is particularly curious to me for a couple of reasons.  In 2002, a file (a copy of my chapter on my DADT II book, dealing with terrorism, over a passage dealing with suitcase nukes) was hacked, and some of the jibberish appeared to refer to places near the Russo-Finnish border.  This has not happened again.
  
In my novel “Angel’s Brother” (manuscript) I have a lead character going to work for the CIA after leaving the military, but doing a job that might belong within the DIA (Defense Department) instead.  Soon he is involved in gumshoeing evidence of alien (extraterrestrial) activity planted all over the place.  But the pretext for involving the CIA is the belief that the Russians were the point of first contact, and had stored artifacts of contact in western arctic areas, toward Finland.   There is a puzzle in the book in that an “epidemic” occurs in high altitude areas in the West, but in areas of the world where native people’s had always lived at these altitudes (the Altiplano in South America, or the Himalaya in Asia)

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