It may not be a surprise that the Department of Energy was hacked over one thousand times in just 4 years. There have been numerous attacks on many government agencies and they are only getting worse. How much damage has and can be done?
Back in 2011, the worst blackout in Southern California’s history occurred at approximately 3:27 p.m. After finding out that there was a widespread system failure the first thought in nearly everyone’s mind, “Was this a terrorist act?”
Investigation into the San Diego blackout determined that the cause was a result of an employee cutting the wrong line. The damage cost millions, caused a gridlock for hours, and put several million people in the dark for nearly two days in the midst of summer. This would be an example of what could happen, but imagine on a much bigger scale.
Dateline: September 8, 2011 – San Diego experiences massive blackout stretching into AZ and Mexico at 330pm.
— RPA (@RPA_CRE) September 8, 2014
In 2013 the hacker group Anonymous announced openly of their successful attempt to get into the DoE’s system. This was when the vulnerability became more evident to the American people. Since then many have been able to do the same, even stealing employee’s private information.
Wow. The hacker group Anonymous hacked the US Department of Energy. http://t.co/MqEW6O7knj
— Kalee Kreider (@kaleekreider) November 18, 2013
Can I hack? Yes. When I was 16 I hacked the US Department of Energy, got in so deep I called the Secretary of Energy on his home phone.
— Son of Thunder (@FiliusTonitrui) May 17, 2015
— Dr.SHA6H (@DrSHA67) December 4, 2014
The question is, what has the DoE done about it? It appears they’ve done nothing. Just recently it was reported on a security website in July 2015 that pro-ISIS hackers were able to deface the DoE’s Office of Science in Illinois, posting the ISIS logo and a prayer in Arabic. In addition to the DoE, they also infiltrated the National Research Council of Engineering, ICT and Technology for Energy and Transport.
U.S. Department of Energy Subdomain Hacked by ISIS Hackers http://t.co/YuEuQAS9de
— CSIRT GOB CL (@CSIRTGOB) July 9, 2015
On Sept 12, Anonymous posted a tweet that said Britain’s top secret gov’t emails had been intercepted by ISIS hackers.
ISIS hackers intercept top secret British Government emails in major security breach uncovered by GCHQ http://t.co/kJh7sV5X6o
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) September 13, 2015
On 9/11 ISIS hackers for a second time released a kill list of 100 U.S. military officers that included their names, photos, rank, divisions and address.
— अच्छे दिन आने वालेहै (@AcheDinAaneWale) September 14, 2015
While some fear border security and others look to the refugee crisis as ways that ISIS can infiltrate and harm Americans, the sad reality is that they can probably do even more damage through a distant internet connection.