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Disconnect electrical grid from Internet, former terror czar Clarke warns
David Edwards and Ron Brynaert
Published: Wednesday April 8, 2009


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The Wall Street Journal reported that spies from Russia and China have penetrated the United States power grid. "The intruders haven't sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but officials warned they could try during a crisis or war," the report said.

Former White House cyber security adviser Richard Clarke told ABC's Diane Sawyer that the U.S. should consider disconnecting the power grid from the internet to decrease the likelihood of attack.

Clarke, now an ABC consultant, called the "offensive cyber war units" being employed by foreign countries such as Russia "very serious."

The onetime Counter Terrorism Czar, who famously criticized the Bush Administration for doing little to combat al Qaeda early in his first term before 9/11, chided the Obama Administration for not moving fast enough to decide upon the best defense strategy to counter cyber attacks on key infrastructure.

"One thing you can do is disconnect the power grid control system from the internet," Clarke said. "There's no reason for it to be connected."

Clark adds, "It would cost a lot of money to do that but it would also cost a lot of money if one day we woke up and we didn't have electrical power."

This video is from ABC's Good Morning America, broadcast Apr. 8, 2009.




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