- Welcome folks, to thisedition of the 700 Club.
Wendy, let me ask you something.
What would you do if tomorrow morning
you found that all the powerin Virginia Beach was gone,
there was no more electricity?
- What would I do?
I would probably gooutside to dry my hair.
It's been very hot here, I haven't,
the other day my breaker went off.
You know how sometimesin your house you'll
flip the switch and thetwo rooms I need the most,
my bathroom, and mybedroom light, no lights.
And it was very,
an uncomfortable feeling,like what am I gonna do now?
- No power whatsoever,that's the situation
we're looking are, ifthere's an EMP blast,
ladies and gentleman, it isone of the most crucial things
you can imagine, a congressional report
has said that in theevent that the power grid
in America is disabled for a year,
90% of the American people would die.
That's what we're talking about.
We're not talking about drying our hair,
we're talking about not having any food,
not having any access to money,
it will be a crisis.
Well, strong foreign cyber hackers
are plotting to take over our power grids,
and other vital industrial networks.
A successful attack would cause such
chaos and destruction that as I said,
one report indicates itcould lead to the death
of 90% of all the people inthe United States of America.
- And these attackscould come from an enemy
who may never step on US soil.
CBN National SecurityCorrespondent, Erik Rosales,
investigates these attemptsto cripple America.
And what's being done to prevent them.
- In just the past eight months,
the federal authorities have issued
several public warningsabout foreign hackers
penetrating the United States power grid,
and other critical infrastructure.
Cyber security experts say the intent
is to plant digitalgrenades in these systems,
until they decide to pull the pin.
- Right now, we're trackingaround eight different
teams that specificallytarget industrial networks.
- [Erik] Robert Leespent five years working
at the national security agency,and Pentagon cyber command
before forming his owncompany he called Dragos.
Lee and his crew protectindustrial control systems
by acting like detectivesinvestigating a crime scene.
- They're leaving breadcrumbsthe entire way through.
So, they're giving uspieces to go and find them
and find those behaviorsuntil they get to that impact.
- [Erik] Working from awarehouse in Hanover, Maryland,
Dragos track foreignhacking groups in real time.
Then hunt them down toprevent damage to facilities
that produce oil, gas, and other energy.
- We've seen that these arenot theoretical attacks.
And my team was actuallyinvolved in the two
different Ukraine attacks that happened.
So Ukraine 2015, and Ukraine 2016.
A national lavatory compromised
a portion of the powergrid, did exactly that.
Were able to turn off thelights in those regions.
- [Erik] Nalley saysthese cyber enemies are
going way beyond controllingjust light switches.
- But now we're starting to see really
aggressive behavioron, I'm going to design
the ability to kill peopleoutside of conflict,
outside of war that'sto target civilian life.
- [Erik] And an attackon the United States
would create casualtieson a massive scale.
Research shows that cyberattack on the power grid,
killing electricity would potentially lead
millions of American's without food,
clean water, access tomoney, healthcare, and more.
- Frankly, the UnitedStates is under attack.
Under attack by entitiesthat are using cyber
to penetrate virtually every major action
that takes place in the United States.
- [Erik] The Directorof National Intelligence
recently told Congress that cyber weapons
exist in the hands of not only countries,
but also terrorists and other activists.
- While Russia, China,Iran, and North Korea
pose the greatest cyber threats.
Other nation states,terrorist organizations,
transnational criminalorganizations, and ever more,
technically capable groups and individuals
use cyber operations to achieve
strategic and malign objectives.
- This isn't a side show, this is the way,
the primary way ourenemies will come after us,
in a future war.
Cyber, physical sabotage,and nuclear impact.
- [Erik] Dr Peter Pryworked on the US commission
assessing the threat of an electromagnetic
EMP attack, which wouldwipe out electrical systems.
As an example, he says acountry like North Korea
could target the UnitedStates by transporting
a nuclear weapon overthe South polar region,
then detonating it tocreate a high altitude EMP.
A congressional reportshows such an attack
could wipe out thepower grid indefinitely.
That could lead to the deaths of up
to 90% of all American's within a year.
So how much would it costto secure our power grid?
In 2008, an EMP commission estimated
it would cost around $2 Billion.
But former CIA Director James Wulsley says
today's amounts of strengthenthe grid would likely
be in the tens of billions.
But Dr Pry says the DCbureaucracy and political
influence prevent that from happening.
- The electric power industrydoesn't want to do it,
they have vast lobbyingresources on K street.
They own basically the US Federal
energy regulatory commission.
Which recently, divideSecretary of Energy Perry
in his effort to come upwith a more secure grid
that actually dividethe Secretary of Energy.
- [Erik] Another major issue, while larger
utilities have beefed up cyber defense,
smaller regional companies often overlooK
the need for such security.
- People between 80-90% ofthe critical infrastructure
in this country is held in private hands.
And so other than the regulators,there's no real control
over doing the things that you need to do.
The basic blocking and tackling
of cyber hygiene and so forth.
- [Erik] Since ourcritical infrastructures
depend on each other, homelandsecurity holds exercises
like cyber storm six.
It simulates various cyberattacks simultaneously
on a variety of facilities.
Forcing federal, state, and local agencies
to work with private companiesto quickly find solutions.
- The ability to exercisehow we cooridnate,
how we collaborate, howwe share information
because that is just as important as we've
seen in every real life incident
is the actual technicalmeans of identifying
who's doing it and gettingthem off the computers.
- Bottom line, enemies big and small
want to plant cyber sleeper weapons
within our infrastructures.
So they can eventually use them
to destroy our way of life.
The challenge will beinsuring a full team effort
between both the US Government
and private enterpriseto fully protect us.
Erik Rosales, CBN News, Washington.
- Thanks Erik, again, whatI also want to point out,
ladies and gentleman is we mention this
sign of an EMP blast, a low level nuclear
explosion over Chicago,say it's 1200 feet or 1500
feet or 5000 feet something like that.
You launch a missile, and have it explode,
one nuclear weapon over Chicago would shut
down the grid for entire nation.
Just one of them, andif it's a solar flare
that comes at us, the surge from the sun,
it would just take one of those surges
to knock out our grid.
Now we're talking about thedeath of 90% of American's,
so you cost $10 billion, not $20 billion,
it cost $100 billion, it wouldn't matter.
We're looking at a $10, $20 trillion
economy this is nothing.
And it's something thatCongress should get on
right away, I mean, it is a crisis.
And it means the gridneeds to get hardened.
We've got to make sure that the nodes
that connect the various electrical plants
are connected and hardened so that they
can resist cyber attack, that's one thing.
But that's just man made along the way,
but they can address the EMP blast
that could come at usfrom a number of sources.
But it's got to be done,ladies and gentleman.
We're talking aboutcrucial and so absolutely
we've got to do it.
But just think of that, you have no power.
You're refrigerator doesn't work,
so you don't have any frozen food after
a very short length of time.
The grocery store's don't function
because all of their frozenis no longer functional.
The trucks don't work,the lights don't work,
your 911 calls don't work.
Your police can't function, I mean we're
talking about chaos in our society.
The whole society could break down
if we don't have electricity.
We're so dependent, there was a time
we didn't need electricity,people on farms
had their own way of living.
And I remember years ago on a farm
we had a great big barrel that was
like a storage battery, and that was
the way they could a littleprimitive electricity.
But we're talking about serious matter,
you can't get your money,you can't have credit,
the stock market freezes.
All the way across thenation, it's just chaos.
- So stock up on kerosene.
- Well, it's more than that dear.
- I know.- Up in my mountain,
I've got a place in the hills,
I've got a 100 kilowatt generator.
We, here at CBN have several generators,
big generators that keep things going
so that if we lose power off the grid,
we can go get our own generators.
- Is this something averageAmerican's need to prepare for?
Do we need to have supplies?
- Well supplies, you can'thave any supply for a year.
I mean, how can anybody do that?
We're so dependent on our situation,
I mean the grocery storeshave got about two or three
days worth of supplies,so they would bring it
on these big trucks comingin day after day after day.
But I guess one way, ifpeople have their own
generators, it's a good move.
But my goodness, we'retalking about crisis
that's become about, and Idon't want to be an alarmist,
but if the government would just say look
we've got to fix this,and it's going to take
political will, but we need to do it.
I mean, this is a $10,20$ trillion economy.
We're talking about a few billion dollars,
$10 billion or $20 billion or whatever.
Which is nickels and dimescompared to the damage
of what this thing could do.
And so we need to give moneyto the private sectors,
subsidize if we haveto the electric unities
to make sure that all thosenodes are secure against
cyber and against EMP blast.
Ladies gentleman it's got to be done.