NSA: 'Anonymous Might One Day Hack Power Grids!' Anonymous: 'Huh?!?'

from the cyberfud dept

The fight to ramp up the fear mongering over cybersecurity has reached new and even more ridiculous levels -- in which an "anonymous" government source claims (without quotations) that the head of the NSA, Gen. Keith Alexander, recently briefed the White House claiming that the non-group Anonymous might be able to mount a cyberattack to take down parts of the power grid. The dubious sourcing already makes the story suspect, and without more context, the whole thing seems silly -- especially given that anyone who actually has any inkling of how Anonymous actually functions would question why it would ever seek to shut down a power grid. Anonymous tends to do things either for fun (i.e., for "the lulz") or (more frequently) out of a more vigilante sense of justice (sometimes misguided, but usually well meaning). The attacks are pretty carefully focused on causing temporary inconveniences, rather than lasting damage, as a sign of protest, or on revealing secret info that it feels deserves a wider airing. Attacking the power grid fits with exactly none of that -- a point that Anonymous itself made in response to this claim:
Why would Anons shut off a power grid? There are ppl on life support / other vital services that rely on it. Try again NSA. #FearMongering
But, even more to the point, the WSJ piece is so ridiculous that it's hard not to laugh when you read the following part:
A stateless group like Anonymous doesn’t yet have that capability, officials say. But if the group’s members around the world developed or acquired it, an attack on the power grid would become far more likely, according to cybersecurity experts.
I think Jerry Brito summed this up perfectly by saying:
Shorter version: Anonymous doesn’t have the power to attack the grid, but if they were able to get it someday, then they would have it. Got it.
You could go even further. I mean, why not just start listing out other hypotheticals using those ridiculous two sentences as a basis. I'll start:
  • That baseball player doesn't yet have the capability to hit a baseball thrown by a pitcher, officials say. But, if he somehow developed or acquired it, his likelihood of being able to play baseball effectively would become far more likely, according to sports experts.
  • An infant doesn't yet have the capability to drive, officials say. But, if toddlers around the world develop or acquire it, automobile accidents would become far more likely, according to automotive experts.
  • Prisoners don't yet have the capability to shoot each other, officials say. But, if inmates around the world developed or acquired it, gunfights in prison would become far more likely, according to anger management experts.
  • Techdirt readers don't yet have the capability to make clueless government officials get transferred to jobs washing toilets, officials say. But, if the community there develops or acquires it, dumb politicians being out of work would become far more likely, according to political pundits.
In what journalistic world is it okay to write something where the entire point of the article is to fear monger about a group having a certain power, and then brush aside the fact that it doesn't have that power... and appears to have no interest or possibility of obtaining that power... but then saying, "boy, if it did have that power, that would be dangerous!" None of the hypotheticals make any sense if there's no info on the interest or likelihood of the group in acquiring or using such capabilities. There is some speculation, based solely on Anonymous' (kinda stupid) idea to try to take down the entire internet to make a statement next month, that the group is moving in "this direction," but it still seems pretty silly.

Furthermore, you have to get 10 whole paragraphs down in the article, before it's mentioned that there really isn't any real "cyberthreat" to the power grid. It seems like that sort of information belongs at the top of the article, along with a message about how the rest of the article is fear mongering about stuff that really isn't likely to happen.


Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1.  
    icon
    Skeptical Cynic (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 10:27am

    All I can say is this... Crisis

    In every case where freedoms have been abridged it always starts with a Crisis. Period.

    So it appears as if this is another case of the Government creating a Crisis to further abridge freedom and control the people.

    I can list the crises that we have been subjected to but it would take up at least 5 or 6 websites like Techdirt.

    A few examples:
    Drug War
    Terrorists
    Piracy
    Cyber-hacking
    Identity theft
    etc
    etc
    etc...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:01am

    Lets go the other way, why would Anon, who uses computers which require power, shut down their power source?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3.  
    icon
    :Lobo Santo (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:02am

    Wish I may, wish I might...

    "Techdirt readers don't yet have the capability to make clueless government officials get transferred to jobs washing toilets, officials say. But, if the community there develops or acquires it, dumb politicians being out of work would become far more likely, according to political pundits."
    I now know what I want for Xmas.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4.  
    icon
    A Dan (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:05am

    One of my co-workers mentioned this to me. My response, without reading the article, was "That's stupid. If they have anyone to worry about it's foreign governments, not Anonymous. The government is just trying to justify a Cyber-PATRIOT act."

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:06am

    Re:

    Anonymous doesn't yet have the capability to run computers without a power source, officials say. But if the group's members around the world developed or acquired it, an attack on the power grid would become far more likely, according to cybersecurity experts who spend their time giving stupid quotes for stupid articles.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  6.  
    icon
    TasMot (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:07am

    The Power Grid ON/OFF Switch is on the Internet

    Before chasing after the group Anonymous, let's put the idiots in jail that put the On/Off switch for the Power Grid on the Internet. I mean how stupid was that? Does somebody working at the power company need to get on a web page from home and turn off the power grid?

    Why doesn't NSA actually look into what parts of the power grid can be accessed from the Internet and go "fix" that? Oh Yeah, I forgot, you can't take away any civil liberties if you do that........ You just fix the problem and move on..... And besides, that would make more sense.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  7.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:09am

    The Anon people are very dangerous, in that as they don't get what they want, they tend to ramp up. Yes, most of the people involved would not go to extremes, but it only takes a few in the bunch to make it a problem.

    Anonymous has made some bold claims, don't be shocked when governments react to it.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  8.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:12am

    this is just the sort of article that thick, moronic politicians are all over. any excuse to make out that there are even more laws needed to stop people from being able to do something that they are not in the least bit interested in doing! how long before a bill is introduced? I give it about a month!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  9.  
    icon
    GMacGuffin (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:14am

    Stock comment ...

    Is is possible for me to get a standing TechDirt comment that auto-posts on every article?

    If so, please make mine: Unbefuckinglievable.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  10.  
    icon
    JayTee (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:14am

    The internet requires electricity last time I checked, they'd surely be doing themselves a disservice as all the kitten pictures would be unavailable!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  11.  
    identicon
    stormey, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:14am

    Response to: Anonymous Coward on Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:09am

    Anonymous is not dangerous ...our government is.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  12.  
    identicon
    Mike's a Douche, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:20am

    Once again Mike...sensationalize it so people read it.

    Yes, one day, they MAY! If that means they can further their stupid agenda, then yes, they will use whatever means is available to them. Imagine all the fookin' 13yr olds in ANON turning off power to a town. They'd all cum in their pants over that one....

    Anon would use tin cans and a string if it got them some press

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  13.  
    identicon
    MrWilson, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:22am

    Re: The Power Grid ON/OFF Switch is on the Internet

    A stateless group like Anonymous hasn't yet discovered the super secret, yet google-cached, search engine-listed, and unsecured web page where government officials have chosen to post a big red flashing button that is connected to all the major infrastructure systems with big bold lettering that indicates that this self-destruct button is only to be used in case of emergencies by authorized government officials, officials say. But if the group’s members around the world accidentally googled 'secret government self-destruct button' and found the webpage at the top of the results, an attack on the American infrastructure would become far more likely, according to cybersecurity experts.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  14.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:22am

    The Wall Street Journal doesn't have any real stories today, but should a story develop, it will most likely be run tomorrow.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  15.  
    icon
    Mark Harrill (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:24am

    NSA Remixing

    The NSA is just remixing, tell me if you haven't heard this before:

    Iran doesn't yet have the capability to develop nuclear weapons, officials say. But, if they somehow developed or acquired it, the likelihood of being able to use such weapons effectively would become far more likely, according to most war hawks.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  16.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:25am

    Re:

    Police in riot gear scare me more than anonymous.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  17.  
    identicon
    MrWilson, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:26am

    Re: Once again Mike...sensationalize it so people read it.

    I'd ask what your expertise was in the psychology of 13 year old's, but judging by your ad hominem name and the content of your comment, you seem to be an expert on the subject matter... or a 13 year old.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  18.  
    icon
    fogbugzd (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:29am

    -NSA doesn't yet have the ability to spy on every single American, but if they do... Oh, wait. Yes, they do. And they want more authority. But we can trust them. It is probably OK. They would never use their power for evil or for anything like monitoring political descent or trying to boost the businesses of lobbying groups.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  19.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:29am

    Re: Re: The Power Grid ON/OFF Switch is on the Internet

    Googled it and I ended up at the Minecraft message board on GameFaqs. :3

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  20.  
    icon
    Joe Publius (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:30am

    Someone's been watching way to much Live Free or Die Hard, which if they care to watch through to the end they would know that even if such an attack was performed, Bruce Willis would proceed to beat the bejeezus out of those responsible after a wildly improbable and incredibly flammable chain of events.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  21.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:31am

    They would effectively remove their only weapon. Anonymous isn't that stupid and what purpose would it serve?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  22.  
    identicon
    TDR, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:36am

    I wonder if it's possible for Anonymous to do the following:

    1. Hack into the bank accounts of all MAFIAA organizations as well as those of all politicians who support them, and empty those accounts completely. Without money, these parasites have no power.

    2. Hack into the mainframes of the MAFIAA organizations, expose all of their files online, and then destroy those mainframes via viruses or other means. Without their records and with clear exposure of all of their secrets, they would be crippled even further.

    3. Hack into the broadcast spectrum and replace all the current TV programming with their own for an hour or so which would feature information and visual aids to educate the masses about what the government and big corporations are really doing to them and why, and where to go to get more information.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  23.  
    icon
    Traveller800 (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:37am

    'Techdirt readers don't yet have the capability to make clueless government officials get transferred to jobs washing toilets, officials say. But, if the community there develops or acquires it, dumb politicians being out of work would become far more likely, according to political pundits'


    Hahahaha...that bulletpount made me smile, mike. Nice one. If only that could happen.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  24.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:39am

    Re: Re:

    Be on the receiving end of one of their childish attacks, and see how you feel.

    They are dangerous. Not currently in the "sharp stick in your eye" sort of way, but they heading that way.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  25.  
    icon
    Designerfx (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:42am

    bingo

    I was about to say that the exact same thing word for word was used with the Iran nuclear situation. Yep.

    Wow.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  26.  
    icon
    FormerAC (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:43am

    Newspapers are going out of business because they run their business like the WSJ.

    I would like to read the article before commenting, but I can't. I registered for their website, and still only get the first two paragraphs.

    Based on the Mike's summary, they don't do any actual reporting. No investigation, just repeating gov't propaganda. Just like WMDs in Iraq, SOPA, ACTA, etc etc.

    Its a Murdoch property, right? Blatant propoganda is usually his game (Fox News anyone?)

    Newspapers like this are as much a part of the problem as clueless gov't officials.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  27.  
    identicon
    Roberto Paulson, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:44am

    IMO the end game here is to crank up the rhetoric to a level where the Govt. can get away with branding "Hacktivists" as terrorists. Then, well you know...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  28.  
    icon
    The Logician (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:45am

    Making policy due to theoretical scenarios is unwise, since potential does not equate to actual. One most work from what has actually occurred and actual evidence, not from what might occur. Governments have no right to play "what if" with our rights.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  29.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:47am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Be on the receiving end of a police brutality attack and see how you feel. They are more dangerous and are already in a "sharp stick in the eye" sort of way.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  30.  
    icon
    Ima Fish (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:47am

    Someday in the future 16 year old kids of today will rob banks, commit rapes, and murder the innocent. We must stop these teenagers before any of that happens!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  31.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:50am

    Re: Re: Re: The Power Grid ON/OFF Switch is on the Internet

    Googled it and I ended up at Yu-Gi-Oh! wiki, Free Music and Tour dates for the band "Self Destruct Button", the wikipedia page for Self-destruct, a video for a mobile phone charm, and a USB Hub.

    I don't even like Yu-Gi-Oh! wtf Google?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  32.  
    icon
    Rapnel (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:51am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Utter fucking nonsense man. Get a bloody grip on yourself.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  33.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:51am

    Re: Re: Re:

    On no! Not a DDoS attack! The horror of it all!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  34.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:51am

    Re:

    Congratulations, you've just described humans. I'm proud of you. Next week, we will learn our multiplication tables.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  35.  
    identicon
    Robert Freetard, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:51am

    If the NSA is actually CONCERNED...

    If the government is actually concerned about the security of the power grid, why don't they pass a regulatory rule that prevents cross connecting any of those systems with the internet?

    I still haven't heard even ONE good reason for why the "computers _controlling_ our power grid" should be connected to the internet in the first place.
    There is NO reason to do that unless you are TRYING to cause security problems.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  36.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:52am

    Re: Re: Re: The Power Grid ON/OFF Switch is on the Internet

    Oh I see, I forgot the "Secret Government" at the beginning. Mine was a minecraft result too..

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  37.  
    icon
    letherial (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:52am

    Re: All I can say is this... Crisis

    you forgot child exploitation...How did you manage that one?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  38.  
    icon
    technomage (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:53am

    Re: Re: Re:

    lol, I have been on the receiving end of their pranks, back when Lulzsec decided to target MMO's. Funcom (anarchy online, age of conan) was like "It's the clients fault, let them eat DT", CCP (eve online) was like "Oh Crap! Kill the tubez! We've been Ganked!"

    At the end of the day, it was still just Lulz

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  39.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:53am

    Re:

    This is all about fighting the global revolution that is occuring.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  40.  
    identicon
    Pacos Tacos, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:54am

    It should be noted

    It should be noted that computers need power to run, therefore it is highly unlikely that anonymous would shoot themselves in the foot that way.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  41.  
    identicon
    kenichi tanaka, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:54am

    The only way this could happen is if a terrorist group gained control of Anonymous. Anonymous has never attacked any power grids or any services that emergency services rely on.

    They only attack websites of businesses and government agencies that openly attack the freedom and civil and human rights that are attacked by those in the business community and in government.

    Maybe if businesses and governments acted with common sense and stopped persecuting individuals and shutting down websites at the behest of special interests and wealthy businesses and corporations then Anonymous wouldn't be defending these websites like Wikileaks or many of the other groups that constantly have their civil rights violated.

    It's time for businesses and government agencies to start acting responsibly and stop acting on the behalf of wealthy interests.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  42.  
    identicon
    PRMan, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:54am

    Expect to see a power plant get shut down...

    Expect to see a power plant get shut down... in 3, 2, 1...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  43.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:55am

    Re: If the NSA is actually CONCERNED...

    Stop making sense.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  44.  
    identicon
    PRMan, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:56am

    Re: Expect to see a power plant get shut down...

    Kidding. But if anyone thinks no Anonymous member is capable of using the well-known hacks of power grids, they are fooling themselves.

    Like Mike said, they don't do it because they are not monsters and don't want to do it. I would believe it's highly likely they could if they wanted to.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  45.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 11:58am

    Re: Re: Re:

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  46.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:00pm

    Re:

    How do you gain control of an idea?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  47.  
    icon
    Berenerd (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:04pm

    Let me try...

    "Morons currently don't know how to keep criticle systems off the internet so they can play MAFIA WARS but if they should someday get the know how to be smart, they might actually do it! THINK OF THE CHILDREN'S PUPPIES!!!!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  48.  
    icon
    tqk (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:05pm

    Re:

    If they have anyone to worry about it's foreign governments ...

    I mostly agree, however I've been reading stories on tech sites for months about "hackers" possibly interfering with "Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition" (SCADA) systems; embedded systems used to control this stuff. I imagine that's what this scare mongering's about.

    At least one story on /. attracted quite a few experienced SCADA developers who decried the inept way in which this has been deployed in the past, such as clueless managers wanting a web page they can use from home to check on the system. SCADA systems should never be accessible via the net/web. SCADA should always be air-gapped, & etc. In practice, this seems seldom to be the case.

    So, I think I'll go with clueless managers over foreign governments, and Anonymous should be the least of their worries.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  49.  
    icon
    GrayArea (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:06pm

    News?

    I seem to remember a time when U.S. news agencies reported on events that had actually happened. You had to go to campaign advertisements to get to this level of what-if. Or maybe I'm just remembering it poorly through the filter of childhood.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  50.  
    identicon
    CHRoNoSS, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:10pm

    From the United Hackers Association with love....

    christ give me a god damn break ....who the fuck is running the world these days? THEY all sound like a bunch a mental patients.

    LIKE for real ....a power grid? like hte post says there are people in hospitals and at home that require power ...YOU go at what counts and does least harm to real people while showing that they are at fault in there polices of censorship and restricting free speech.

    CHRoNo§§
    President of the UHA.

    P.S. Get your debts paid before you complain.
    P.S.S. I don't have any debts.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  51.  
    icon
    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:15pm

    Re: Re: All I can say is this... Crisis

    Not "thinking of the children"...that's a paddlin'.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  52.  
    identicon
    CHRoNoSS, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:15pm

    YA can't prove a negative

    they are trying to prove a negative can happen and be provable to justify an action and as it cant be there argument dies.
    ITS the same bs the govt spewed about UFO's for project bluebook. JUST reverse and send it back.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  53.  
    identicon
    ThePowerGrid, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:17pm

    I Need Protection

    I am really hurt that you don't care about me. Don't you understand that by design, I am very unstable, just look at what happened in 2003. My last update was to Windows ME!

    And worse, all of the control systems, every single piece of switch gear, every transformer disconnect switch, all my historical data, all your personal billing information and power usage, is all live online.

    No one setup networks such that only direct control was possible via a human operator, no one setup the information to be read-only, no one completely isolated all the control interfaces from the Internet. Just log-on as "Admin" and type "12345" as the password (same as my luggage) and you could shut down the world!

    Don't ask me how all those gateways, site servers, data centers, routers, and home computers will work (let alone the lights) if I go down, as I don't understand these things. I'm just a power grid.

    Just fear my destruction by terrorists, oh and don't forget to thank Hollywood for the idea (Live Free or Die Hard).

    Sincerely,
    The Power Grid.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  54.  
    icon
    Overcast (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:18pm

    But is this a case of 'bad hackers' or 'bad design'?

    Why do such critical systems even have a network route to the internet?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  55.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:18pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I bet you get laid all the time talking like that.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  56.  
    icon
    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:20pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    So dangerous that they take down poorly managed websites/networks without warning or due process. ICE just hates the competition, I guess.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  57.  
    icon
    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:25pm

    Re: Once again Mike...sensationalize it so people read it.

    They'd all cum in their pants over that one....

    Too bad our oppressive overlords and their corporate masters are already soaked at the thought that Anon may be able to do this one day and that they can further control the sheeple with alarmist fear-mongering.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  58.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:25pm

    Technically speaking, do you really need the internet to hack a smart grid? Can't you just hack it through your thermostat or something?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  59.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:27pm

    Re:

    They might be talking about the power grid, but the NSA is actually worried about being hacked themselves.

    When Anon hacked the FBI and other governmental agencies, that put a permanent bullseye on their back.

    And they have no one to blame for that but themselves.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  60.  
    icon
    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:27pm

    Re: NSA Remixing

    The Onion always comes through.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  61.  
    icon
    Hephaestus (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:30pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Let me guess you worked for HBGary ...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  62.  
    icon
    Zos (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:32pm

    you know, from everything i've seen NOT coming from some asshole trying to scare up a budget, it seems like critical infrastructure systems, aren't usually connected to the open internet.

    Kind of falls under the "just how stupid do you think we are" category. Hell, even Iran managed that, stuxnet required infected USB's as i remember.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  63.  
    icon
    Zos (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:33pm

    Re:

    you know.. thinking about it, maybe that's why they feel it's so likely, since we've already deployed strategic cyber weapons against someone else.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  64.  
    icon
    gorehound (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:34pm

    Re: All I can say is this... Crisis

    And to further what you spoke of you need a Media that is ready to buy into the Crisis Point you make.
    Since all Big News is owned by Big Content you will continue to get fear mongering BS stories.

    And do not forget the other Crisis...........think of the children !!!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  65.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:34pm

    NSA: 'Anonymous Might One Day Hack Power Grids!' Anonymous: 'Huh?!?'

    Me: 'NSA Might One Day Make Something Up!' NSA: 'He's a terrorist?!?'

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  66.  
    icon
    orbitalinsertion (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:35pm

    Re: All I can say is this... Crisis

    This, and (im)plausible deniability: When the gov shuts down part of the grid for their own purposes, they'll just blame it on Anonymous or similar. It's a twofer.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  67.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:35pm

    Re:

    I can hack them through my wall outlets.

    BAN ALL WALL OUTLETS

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  68.  
    icon
    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:37pm

    Re: If the NSA is actually CONCERNED...

    Industry already has regulations in place. Anybody can peruse the standards should they wish. Problem is, until the government controls everything through their ever expanding bureaucracy we will never see the end of the FUD.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  69.  
    icon
    Hephaestus (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:38pm

    Re:

    They are on the verge of being replaced by blogs and social media.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  70.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:42pm

    Re: NSA Remixing

    Iran doesn't yet have the capability to develop nuclear weapons, officials say. But, if they somehow developed or acquired it, the likelihood of a cyber attack using a mysterious worm would become far more likely.

    I get a funny feeling when I hear one of the probably most-active cyber attackers in the world ostensibly tremble in fear of a band of ragtag script-kiddies.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  71.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:47pm

    Not only would anon not bother with something like this, but I think they would find it a very difficult target. I work in IT at a major electric company and there's a super stringent set of rules for utilities to follow called NERC CIP, that apply to critical infrastructure like this and carry heavy penalty for violating

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  72.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:54pm

    Re: Re:

    Why aren't we not sure that the NSA isn't part of Anonymous?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  73.  
    icon
    DinosaurHunter (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:54pm

    Re: Re:

    What, and fighting back with utter bullshit is just what they should expect from government agencies?

    Actually, you're probably right.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  74.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:55pm

    Re: All I can say is this... Crisis

    you forgot about global warming...err climate change

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  75.  
    icon
    Baldaur Regis (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 12:56pm

    Re:

    Can't you just hack it through your thermostat or something?

    Why yes, that's exactly how I hack into the grid. I do it sitting on my throne whilst petting my fluffy white cat. I learned the 'Thermostat Ploy' during my time at NSA, before they kicked me out for going bald.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  76.  
    identicon
    Jacob Blaustein, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:03pm

    You know, maybe Anonymous might have the power, but they won't use it, ever. What I don't understand how this got into the news at all. This makes those pushing for cybersecurity look real bad.
    Also, I wish we had the ability to put dumb politicians into jobs washing toilets.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  77.  
    icon
    Torg (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:09pm

    Re: Re:

    On the verge? You mean there are still people who read newspapers?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  78.  
    icon
    DinosaurHunter (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:11pm

    Analogies

    Your analogies are too generous Mike, they are things that the subject might want to do given the ability. A better example would be imo

    Fish don't have the ability to cycle to the shops, officials say. But if they were given bicycles, or indeed learned how to make them, seeing trout at wall-mart would be much more likely, according to nature experts.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  79.  
    identicon
    Midnight Voyager, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:13pm

    ...Guys?

    ...If you turn off the electricity, you have no internet. Doing this would mean Anonymous committing suicide. They do things with the internet.

    This would be the world's most self-defeating hack.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  80.  
    identicon
    MrWilson, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:19pm

    Re: Re: Re: The Power Grid ON/OFF Switch is on the Internet

    The Minecraft link is actually number 2 in the results. This post is number 1 now. :-)

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  81.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:21pm

    Re:

    "why would Anon, who uses computers which require power, shut down their power source?"

    P2P backup generators or networked batteries?
    DESTROY all generators and batteries!!!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  82.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:21pm

    You know...

    Maybe this isn't so far-fetched after all. I mean, anonymous is everyone and everyone is anonymous, right? Who's to say that someone who actually works at one of these power plants one day won't don his Guy Fawkes mask, and push the big red button?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  83.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:22pm

    Depending on what idiot you listen to...

    ...a mylar balloon could have the same effect.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  84.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:23pm

    Re: Re: All I can say is this... Crisis

    " When the gov shuts down part of the grid for their own purposes, they'll just blame it on Anonymous or similar."

    No, it's ENRON.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  85.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:27pm

    Re: Re:

    "When Anon hacked the FBI and other governmental agencies.."

    Let's just skip the idea that governmental websites such as the FBI and DOJ should take precauctions to be secure and not leave themselves open for attack.

    This sounds more like CYA and red faced embarrassment that scrip kiddies could take them down.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  86.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: The Power Grid ON/OFF Switch is on the Internet

    haha that was fast!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  87.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:36pm

    Re: Re:

    "Police in riot gear scare me more than anonymous."

    Police getting military surplus for free (drones, tanks, etc) are scarier than anything anonymous does. I think the public recognizes the difference between hacking a poorly secured website vs. blurring the lines between civil police and military.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  88.  
    icon
    el_porko (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:40pm

    Wow! A new arm of the "Thought Police", the "Might Think Police"

    Most cool.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  89.  
    icon
    Eileen (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:41pm

    Re: Re: All I can say is this... Crisis

    Last I checked, we're actually doing approximately zero about that, so no, I don't think it qualifies. Constructive efforts against real threats is definitely not the idea. It needs to be nebulous, ill-defined, and never ending, by design.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  90.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:44pm

    Is this a plot to sell more generators to the public?

    Not that this would be a bad idea, look after Katrina, Japan and other natural disasters I know that trusting your entire life to the government is just reckless disregard for life, one should empower oneself and build his own frigging grid which is in reach today.

    There are power generators that use the power of the sun to produce hydrogen, some use methane gas to produce hydrogen and they can work indefinitely as long as they are maintained properly, then there wouldn't be a problem with power grid disruption.

    https://duckduckgo.com/html/?q=home%20power%20generator

    If the government want a robust power grid build a distributed power grid that will be resilient to any attack on it ever, since to disrupt it, it would need to destroy every freaking home in America to do it.

    When emergencies arrive every citizen could donate part of their energy production to critical infra-structure like hospitals and police departments, it would be indestructible.

    But no, what we hear is that we need a more bigger great centralized single point of failure system.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  91.  
    icon
    Watchit (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:47pm

    Axis of alignment

    If I had to put anonymous on the DnD axis o' alignment, I would say they would be somewhere between Chaotic Neutral and Chaotic Good. Anonymous would never do anything like shut off a power grid. ridiculous!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  92.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:53pm

    Stuff this funny just can't be made up.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  93.  
    identicon
    John, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 1:55pm

    I don't think its so much fear-mongering as prognosticating.
    I'm pretty sure that there are plenty of terrorists and dissidents already working under the Anonymous banner trying to rally their particular cause. I guarantee that it is a safe bet that as soon as an exploit is found to control some of the power grid, part of it will get shut down. Just because one or two of the Anonymous mesh says "I'd never do that.", one or two more will salivate over it.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  94.  
    identicon
    TheLaughingMan, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 2:00pm

    Anonymous Kicks @ss

    Long live Anonymous!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  95.  
    icon
    Watchit (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 2:02pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    everyday man ;D
    didn't you hear? nerd is the new jock

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  96.  
    icon
    Watchit (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 2:04pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    wait... police are allowed to have tanks?!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  97.  
    icon
    Watchit (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 2:09pm

    Re: Once again Mike...sensationalize it so people read it.

    So mike is sensationalizing an already sensationalized article...
    yo dawg, I heard you like sensationalizing! So, we sensationalized your sensationalized article so you could freak out while you freak out (over nothing)

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  98.  
    icon
    Watchit (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 2:09pm

    Re:

    it's funny cause they expect people to pay for it too

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  99.  
    identicon
    Ad HOMOIN 'EM, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 2:15pm

    Re: Re: Once again Mike...sensationalize it so people read it.

    Aaahhh, STFU

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  100.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 2:21pm

    "especially given that anyone who actually has any inkling of how Anonymous actually functions would question why it would ever seek to shut down a power grid."

    Anonymous is not a monolithic entity, it's a decentralized network of people with little, if any, leadership. and I do not agree with much of what the group does and some of it very well seems to be for attention. It wouldn't surprise me that Anonymous would take down power grids if it were within its power to do so, though there are probably more efficient ways of doing so (ie: throw something at an important transformer).

    What's ridiculous is the idea that our power grids are somehow tied into the Internet in a way that can enable them to be hacked and taken down. Either that's just made up fear mongering or someone is managing power grids very poorly (and we've had power grids long before we've had the Internet, so there is no good reason that a cyber attack should be able to take down a power grid).

    The problem is that politicians are/pretend to be so clueless that they will (pretend to) believe anything. It's so easy to fool them or at least to have them pretend to be fooled.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  101.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 2:22pm

    Re: Re: All I can say is this... Crisis

    He doesn't think of the children, see, this is the kind of people you freedom loving techdirt monsters are.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  102.  
    icon
    Watchit (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 2:24pm

    Re: Anonymous Kicks @ss

    "I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes"

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  103.  
    icon
    Watchit (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 2:26pm

    Re: Re: Once again Mike...sensationalize it so people read it.

    Oh hey you'll love this one.
    World's most interesting man:
    "I don't always have the power to shut off America's power gird... But when I do, I probably will..."

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  104.  
    icon
    MikeVx (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 2:28pm

    Power grids - unlikely stability.

    When that major failure in the Northeast happened several years back, I remember early cries of terrorism. My reaction: "It has to be an accident, no government could have coordinated something this big without 50 years lead time and a staff large enough to populate a small nation. Forget about a group of terrorists doing it."

    About the only way I could see a really large induced failure would be coordinated physical attacks on the major switching points. And even then the failure-to-take-out ratio would be so high that the results would be limited.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  105.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 2:31pm

    Re: You know...

    Exactly.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  106.  
    icon
    Almost Anonymous (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 2:35pm

    Re:

    The bill has already been introduced, this story is just the expected fear-mongering campaign to make it all seem reasonable and necessary.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  107.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 2:39pm

    Re: Power grids - unlikely stability.

    Can't china just buy all the stock in a power company, then push the off switch anyway? That seems more feasible.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  108.  
    identicon
    rubberpants, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 2:44pm

    Re: Once again Mike...sensationalize it so people read it.

    Speaking of attention seeking...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  109.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 3:52pm

    The "anonymous" government source has a promising career as a Fox News contributor.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  110.  
    icon
    TtfnJohn (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 4:12pm

    Re: The Power Grid ON/OFF Switch is on the Internet

    Not only does it make sense but it doesn't grab headlines so they don't do it.

    I'm still at a loss to explain why Anon would to something like that as, apparently, so are they. It certainly deflects from the silliness of the on/off switch being out there on the Internet just waiting for someone to break into it.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  111.  
    icon
    TtfnJohn (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 4:13pm

    Re:

    Among those claims as NOT being able, willing or wanting to take down the power grid.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  112.  
    icon
    TtfnJohn (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 4:15pm

    Re: Re: Re: Once again Mike...sensationalize it so people read it.

    Ohhh...this makes you what? A 12 yo who just discovered swear words?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  113.  
    icon
    TtfnJohn (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 4:18pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Still better sports coverage in papers than on blogs. :)

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  114.  
    icon
    TtfnJohn (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 4:20pm

    Re: Re:

    The first task in gaining control of an idea is to have one. Are you saying NSA has had one? (hehehe)

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  115.  
    icon
    TtfnJohn (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 4:23pm

    Re: I Need Protection

    HOW TO TAKE DOWN THE POWER GRID

    BEGIN
    PRINT "HELLO WORLD AND POWER GRID"
    END

    Simple :)

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  116.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 5:36pm

    Re:

    What bold claims involve them taking down power grids? Why is the government reacting to claims by a third party that state they do not have the ability, yet if they did they would have the ability as if such claims were representative of current ability and will?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  117.  
    icon
    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 6:12pm

    Re:

    because the experts ($$$$) tell them it is cool to have, and they have the widget 1000 that makes it happen.
    The widget 1000 is the best state of the art and has awesome security, a hard coded password of 12345 just like your luggage Senator.

    Of course the first time something goes wrong they will blame it on hackers, and offer up the widget 1500 that costs twice as much and the hardcoded password is 1234.

    Lather rinse repeat.

    Everything just works better if you can connect it to the net somehow, so this is why these super critical systems need to have an unfettered pipe to the net plugged into them... well that and the Janitor likes to play Angry Birds.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  118.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 6:41pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    uh, no.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  119.  
    icon
    Karl (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 8:15pm

    Analog DOS Attack

    A stateless group like Anonymous "doesn’t yet have the capability to sneak into the Pentagon and flush all the toilets at once," officials say. But if the group’s members around the world developed or acquired it, "poo-covered Major Generals would become far more likely," according to cybersecurity experts.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  120.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 8:17pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    idiot

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  121.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 8:49pm

    Re:

    The real problem wouldn't be anonymous gaining the ability to hack the power grid. The problem would be why there are any controls for the power grid connected to the Internet. Whoever connected those controls to the internet should be tried for treason.

    You don't put things that need to be completely secure on the Internet for a reason. If the power grid's on the Internet, might as well put all our military plans on mediafire and post the link all over the Internet.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  122.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 8:57pm

    Re: Re: NSA Remixing

    I get the feeling that the government doesn't want people to know it has actual hackers that actually know what they're doing. You always hear of China hacking the US, but never the other way around. Maybe I put too much trust in the government, but they're definitely hiding their hacking.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  123.  
    icon
    Jay (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 9:09pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You didn't get the memo?

    Police get whatever they want

    And they've just "shared" the ill-gotten gains with law enforcement in Texas. The entire system is ripe with abuse in being able to afford such extravagances without any rhyme or reason.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Mike did a story about Civil Asset Forfeiture to update people on what they've been up to.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  124.  
    identicon
    Anonymous, Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 9:24pm

    OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM ANONYMOUS

    Greetings NSA,
    We are Anonymous.


    Your statement regarding the potential future sabotage of power grids by Anonymous, disgusts us to the core, as it is clearly an attempt at fear mongering. The idea that Anonymous would shut down one of the most vital resources for it to operate, is ludicrous.


    While security and intelligence organizations throughout the world attempt to depict Anonymous as a 'terrorist organization', many people understand that this same subset of Anonymous they speak of, is actually a movement for freedom. This appears to scare government organizations, to the point where they might do anything in an attempt to discredit Anonymous, and make people believe Anonymous exists solely to harm innocent people.


    Are these claims and predictions an attempt to falsely accuse Anonymous of something that will happen in the future - maybe even being orchestrated by the same government organizations that are now already blaming Anonymous? Many people have warned about the sad state of the power grid infrastructure in the past, but why would we shut down our own computers and other communication tools?


    Thousands of people rely on electricity for everything they do; hospitals even need this electricity to save lives, and taking out the power grid would cause harm to the very people we wish to protect.


    There is no valid reason for us to shut down the power grid, as far as we are aware. Any such predictions by the various government, security, and intelligence organizations are likely attempts to instill fear into those that don't understand this, and to discredit Anonymous as a whole.

    We are Anonymous.
    We are legion.
    We do not forgive.
    We do not forget.
    For once don't expect us.

    (Original Video @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFL6uD_2ODM)

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  125.  
    icon
    silverscarcat (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 10:20pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I can't find the funnies, classifieds, and the word puzzles on blogs, man!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  126.  
    icon
    silverscarcat (profile), Feb 22nd, 2012 @ 10:25pm

    Re:

    which ones?

    the normal toilets or the ones that have the $40,000 toilet seat lids that were put on by the $20,000 hammer?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  127.  
    identicon
    The Moondoggie, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 12:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The Power Grid ON/OFF Switch is on the Internet

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  128.  
    icon
    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 4:06am

    Re:

    Who wrote Stuxnet again?

    Anons took down a CP dark net.
    The Government bullied Craigslist and made sex trafficking harder to stop.

    Anons found the vile woman who binned a cat.
    The Government turned a blind eye to evidence of police brutality.

    Anons send a buncha hookers and pizzas to some douches house.
    The Government handed automatic weapons to drug cartels.

    The Government claims to be of the people, for the people while secretly spying on all of them and removing civil rights.
    Anon told them to knock it off or all of their secrets will be laid bare.

    Which one is dangerous again?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  129.  
    identicon
    Educated viewr, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 4:08am

    Familar argument

    Iran may not have nuclear capabilities but if evendually gets them there is a chance of a nuclear attack does that sound familiar to anyone or am I just going crazy.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  130.  
    identicon
    Educated viewr, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 4:09am

    Familar argument

    Iran may not have nuclear capabilities but if evendually gets them there is a chance of a nuclear attack does that sound familiar to anyone or am I just going crazy.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  131.  
    identicon
    Educated viewr, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 4:11am

    Re:

    Hey if you remember the Mexican anon group and how they backed down when real people were being threatened they are normal people with a slight computer skill and a knowledge of corruption not terrorists

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  132.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 4:51am

    I think the real story is that the government is planning on shutting down the power grid and blaming Anonymous. Or the government will just wait for the next rolling blackout affecting a million or more people and blame Anonymous for that.

    The implication is clear - we need decentralized power.

    So, how are solar panels doing these days? Anything else we could use to power an off-the-grid home? Small wind turbines, maybe?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  133.  
    icon
    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 5:06am

    Re: Re:

    Never accept blame when you can blame it on a skiddie in a plastic mask.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  134.  
    icon
    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 5:09am

    Re: Re: Once again Mike...sensationalize it so people read it.

    LOOK AT WHAT YOU HAVE DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    https://www.xkcd.com/1013/

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  135.  
    icon
    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 5:15am

    Re:

    *BOO!*

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  136.  
    icon
    Vincent Clement (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 6:28am

    Perhaps the NSA should look at the causes of the 2003 Northeast blackout. It wasn't terrorists or hackers.

    It was a private company that took a generating plant offline during a high demand period and did not perform proper tree maintenance along high voltage lines.

    It was the government that took capacitor banks that regulate voltage offline for inspection causing great fluctuations in voltage that caused lines to trip.

    It was a bug in the energy management software that stalled alarms and warnings for an hour.

    It was human error when an operator forgot to reset a monitoring tool.

    But, yes, let's worry about those hackers.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  137.  
    icon
    BuckRogers1965 (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 6:33am

    Simple solution to this "problem"

    Never put the power grid on the Internet. Then it can never be attacked by anyone on the Internet.

    Problem solved!
    Crisis averted!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  138.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 7:28am

    Re: Re:

    Both.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  139.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 7:40am

    Re:

    IIRC the power grid was not connected to the internet in that movie and one of the central command stations was protected by armed guards.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  140.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:14am

    SRSLY
    Do you have to be retarded to be in charge?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  141.  
    identicon
    probably not anonymous, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:44am

    Justification

    for the pre-emptive strike mode posturing in a world gone mad.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  142.  
    identicon
    just wondrin, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:48am

    Re: Simple solution to this "problem"

    Does that mean 'I have to physically get out of my chair to go change the light bulb over at that power station now'?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  143.  
    icon
    Watchit (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 10:47am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    and bronies are the new nerds are the new jocks

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  144.  
    icon
    Watchit (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 10:47am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    that comic is spot on!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  145.  
    icon
    Watchit (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 10:49am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    whoa thats really close to where i live... scary...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  146.  
    icon
    Watchit (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 10:51am

    Re: Re:

    yeah, and as THE Anonymous Coward above stated, at least anonymous didn't give automatic weapons to the drug cartels

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  147.  
    icon
    Watchit (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 10:56am

    Re: Re:

    fool that system is unsustainable! We must start at a hardcoded password of 123 then work are way up to 1234 and beyond! think of the possibilities!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  148.  
    icon
    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 5:17pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    The widget 3000 will go back to hardcoded 12345 as no one would suspect them of using that again.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  149.  
    icon
    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 5:18pm

    Re:

    See my premise that giving people power results in brain damage.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  150.  
    identicon
    O, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:58pm

    another false flag in the making

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  151.  
    icon
    Watchit (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:03pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Oh, so after researching this a bit, it's not really a tank of course... it's a rescue vehicle, but they did bring it in to intimidate the Occupy Tampa crowd from getting too rowdy.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  152.  
    icon
    Watchit (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    of course!... but with such a clever ploy no one will be able to break it! then you wouldn't be able to sell newer, shinier and most importantly costlier software "upgrades" to the cump- I mean customers...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  153.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Feb 24th, 2012 @ 6:28pm

    In what journalistic world is it okay to write something where the entire point of the article is to fear monger about a group having a certain power, and then brush aside the fact that it doesn't have that power... and appears to have no interest or possibility of obtaining that power... but then saying, "boy, if it did have that power, that would be dangerous!"

    You mean like how all the media, and all the presidential candidates (minus Ron Paul), claim that Iran is a dangerous threat?

    Fact: The CIA's own internal documents state that they estimate Iran is roughly 10 years away from being capable of creating a nuclear weapon. Their documents also state that they have found zero evidence that Iran even wants to or intends to obtain a nuclear weapon. The CIA's internal documents have come to the conclusion that Iran poses no threat.

    Fact: Iran and Iranian president Ahmadinejad have stated many times publicly that Iran has no intention of ever obtaining an atomic weapon. Iran believes that "the time of nuclear weapons has ended". Ahmadinejad has stated that "nuclear weapons are useless in political and foreign policy". "Was the nuclear bomb able to prevent Soviet Russia from collapsing?" "Did the nuclear bomb prevent or win the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq?"

    Fact: Iran has submitted more documents to the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) than any other nation in it's history. The IAEA has stated numerous times that Iran's nuclear program is of a peaceful nature, and that no noncompliance or deviation was found on the part of Iran.

    Fact: Iran's nuclear program facilities are open to international inspection and have been inspected by more nations and more times, than any other nations nuclear program facilities.

    Fact: Iran has not attacked or invaded another country in over 200 years. The only battles it has fought in that time have been defensive battles.

    Yet every presidential candidate, minus one, and quite literally every mass media outlet is running around screaming "Iran is a threat!" "They want to kill us all!". Fear mongering has long become the very basis of the presidential election campaign, the mass medias favorite tool for herding the sheeple, and every politicians favorite means of legislating the citizens civil liberties and rights away. They can't agree on anything, or get anything done. Except for when it comes to taking your rights away, then they're ALL on board.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  154.  
    identicon
    Androgynous Cowherd, Feb 26th, 2012 @ 8:28pm

    In what journalistic world is it okay to write something where the entire point of the article is to fear monger...


    The newspaper world, for one, where that is a time-honored tradition called "yellow journalism" that goes all the way back to William "You furnish the pictures ..." Randolph "... I'll furnish the war" Hearst.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  155.  
    identicon
    Brandon, Mar 1st, 2012 @ 9:14am

    Re:

    Maybe, have you ever considered that maybe going to extremes is exactly what is needed to change how our government is functioning? Anonymous is not dangerous to everyday people, only to large corportations and Politicians. And also, please explain how dangerous they really are, because I have no heard of a way to end a life using a computer.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  156.  
    identicon
    Anon, Mar 1st, 2012 @ 11:07am

    To the NSA

    You dumb shits how stupid do you fucking think we are?!?! Anonymous would never do such attack nor would they support such thing! You are just trying to put fear into people so you can have more control and power. I have seen what was posted on past bin talking about "Anonymous" will hack the power grid and turn off the power or the internet for 24 hours for protest against SOPA. That in fact is not true. NSA you are too fucking stupid! If it does happen we all know that you have done this to pull a false flag so that way you can have more power to control the internet. We all know what you organization is. You Spy on everyone and for order for you to spy some more you need more control of the internet so you have posted on past bin claiming to be Anonymous to get what you want.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  157.  
    identicon
    Anon, Mar 1st, 2012 @ 11:14am

    To the NSA

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  158.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Mar 11th, 2012 @ 3:31am

    LOL I could just imagine a hac3er group like Anonymous shut down the entire US power grid "for teh lulz"!!!XD

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  159.  
    identicon
    Lindercord, Feb 7th, 2014 @ 11:29am

    Re:

    You are one of the bgigest morons I have seen commenting on these comment sections, Grow a brain please.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  160.  
    identicon
    j-dawg, Feb 7th, 2014 @ 11:37am

    Re: Government lover

    No they are not dangerous at all, Your own stupidity is what is dangerous. The uneducated masses of mindless fearful idiots like you who will trade their civil liberties and rights for the false security that the corrupt corporate sponsored police state offers you morons. The biggest joke of all is that once you give up your right and freedoms. You will not be given security at all, But your disgustingly overfed corrupt corporate police state "gov" will be what completely destroys all of us.

    Unfortunately it is not hackers that are the biggest threat to humanity, it is a fact that governments throughout history and in the present are the biggest thieves, rapists, murders, exploiters, and anything else evil you can think of, Governments are statistically the biggest perpetrators of it. The biggest evils have always been committed by governments time and time again, It is not my opinion, it is a present and historical FACT, and history always repeats itself. Due diligence would of told you this a long time ago if you had of used it in your research.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
A word from our sponsors...
Essential Reading
Techdirt Reading List
Techdirt Insider Chat
A word from our sponsors...
Recent Stories
A word from our sponsors...

Close

Email This