When the U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command Paul Nakasone testify before Congress that the American power grid is at risk, people in Houston may want to opt for a standby generator immediately.
Over the last year, media reports about Russian hackers sowing the seeds of discord through social media have surfaced. The probe into Russian election meddling indicted 13 Russian entities for violation of U.S. law, but what’s impeding justice is that they never set foot on American soil; and more than likely never will. That’s also the problem with Russia’s pre-war preparation to bring down the power grid.
The Russians May Be Targeting Your Electricity
Under Pres. Vladimir Putin, Russian hackers have taken steps to infiltrate and shutdown the nation’s power grids. Reports indicate that these efforts began by dipping malware into small power-related companies. The malware weaved its way into the larger electric system, where it lay dormant and ready. Fortunately, the insidious threats were discovered.
This covert military tactic isn’t a new science fiction invention. In fact, it’s an ancient form of national aggression toward a perceived enemy. History is filled with war tales about destroying civilian resources such as crops, water and manufacturing. Because the 21st Century has become entirely dependent on machinery and devices, turning off the power is a sure-fire way to bring a country to its knees.
There’s no way the average American can pick up a weapon and stand their ground against an enemy half-way around the world that fights with a laptop. The Russians have already used cyber warfare successfully in the Ukraine, shutting down the grid and seizing the Crimea region.
Impact of Power Losses
The good people in the greater Houston area are all too familiar with power outages. Violent weather has toppled power lines numerous times. As dangerous as those extended outages have been, hurricanes did not cripple the region’s ability to transfer electricity. A cyber-attack could irreparably damage electric infrastructure to the point everything would need to be replaced. Given such an attack would occur on a national level, Houston could be without power for the longest time in its history. Consider the long-term impact on homes and businesses.
- No refrigerators
- No air conditioning
- No lights
- No ability to charge electronics
- No running water
- Medical devices will not function
These are just some of the reasons to own a power source of your own.
Contact An Experienced Houston Home Generator Company
It may seem funny for people to be saying “The Russians are coming. The Russians are coming.” But the reality of living in the technology age is that any hacker with a laptop, the know-how and will to do it, can disrupt and damage power grids. The best way to keep your home powered and loved ones secure is to install a standby generator.