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News on The 700 Club: July 18, 2018

As seen on “The 700 Club,” July 18.: Read Transcript


- 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.

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