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Energy Secretary Says U.S. Adversaries Are Capable Of Shutting Down Power Grid

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Sunday known as for extra public-private cooperation on cyber defenses and stated U.S. adversaries already are able to utilizing cyber intrusions to close down the U.S. energy grid.

“I think that there are very malign actors who are trying,” she stated. She added: “Even as we speak, there are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector generally.”

Granholm famous, with out mentioning the corporate by identify, that Colonial Pipeline Co. was hit in May with a crippling cyberattack by a ransomware group. Colonial briefly shut down its gasoline distribution networks within the South earlier than paying $4.4 million to the hackers. She urged vitality corporations to withstand paying ransom.

“The bottom line is, people, whether you’re private sector, public sector, whatever, you shouldn’t be paying ransomware attacks, because it only encourages the bad guys,” she stated.

Granholm even spoke in favor of getting a legislation that may ban paying such ransom, although she stated, “I don’t know whether Congress or the president is at that point.”

Asked whether or not American adversaries have the potential now of shutting down the U.S. energy grid, she stated: “Yes, they do.”

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stated the United States and different international locations ought to discuss to international locations resembling Russia, which is believed to be the origin on some ransomware assaults, about legislation enforcement and intelligence cooperation “to shut it down.”

Rice stated this could “test the reality of how much the Russian government is or is not involved” in these assaults.

Granholm was on CNN’s “State of the Union” and NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and Rice appeared on “Face the Nation” on CBS.

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