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$250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack 111

An anonymous reader writes "The Associated Press reports that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has put up a $250,000 reward for 'information leading to an arrest and conviction in a startling attack mounted nearly a year ago on telephone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley.' Besides cutting power lines, the attackers also cut AT&T fiber-optic phone lines, thereby denying some people access to 911, and fired shots into a PB&E substation, knocking out 17 transformers in Silicon Valley and causing $15 million in damage. As of this post, the perpetrators are still unidentified and continue to elude the FBI. Meanwhile, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday was brought before the Senate Energy Committee to explain why the FERC disseminated via insecure media a sensitive document describing where all the nation's power grids are particularly sensitive to a physical attack. FERC responded with assurances that databases are currently being scrubbed and procedures being implemented to safeguard critical data."
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$250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack

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  • by MikeRT ( 947531 ) on Friday April 11, 2014 @02:04PM (#46727545)

    Get rid of most of the useless garbage and institute a simpler system:

    1. Declare certain sites strategic risk sites which means their security personnel have heightened authority to detain and shoot suspects similar to sensitive federal facilities.
    2. Encourage said site operators to hire US Army and USMC veterans.
    3. Arm said veterans with selective fire weapons and have them regularly patrol these sites.

    Faster, cheaper and more accountable (private security guards have no qualified immunity).

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"