The West could be crippled by cyber-attack on oil refineries, power plants and electric grids, warns former NSA chief

Monday, April 27, 2015
By Paul Martin

General Keith Alexander has warned that the U.S. and her allies are at an ever growing risk of a systemic cyber-assault
He predicts that energy infrastructure would be hacker’s prime target
‘We are not prepared for that,’ he warned in Texas last week
Also voiced his concerns about the hacking threat from a terrorist organization such as ISIS

27 April 2015

The U.S. and her allies are at an ever growing risk of a systemic cyber-assault, with energy infrastructure likely to be hacker’s prime target.

The stark warning comes from General Keith Alexander, the retired four-star general and former chief of the National Security Agency.

‘The greatest risk is a catastrophic attack on the energy infrastructure. We are not prepared for that,’ he warned.

Alexander, who led the U.S. battle against cyber-threats for much of the last decade, was speaking at a private dinner held by IHS CERAWeek in Texas last week, reports the Daily Telegraph.

He envisioned a worst case-scenario where hackers targeted oil refineries, power stations, and the electric grid. The payments nexus of the major banks could also be paralysed he warned.

‘We need something like an integrated air-defence system for the whole energy sector,’ he said.

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