Report: NSA chief sees possible Anonymous hit on power grid

February 21, 2012
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The computer-hacking confederacy Anonymous might be able to cause a limited power blackout in a year or two, the general who directs the National Security Agency has warned officials, TheWall Street Journal is reporting.

Gen. Keith Alexander’s warning of a cyberattack on the electrical grid has come in White House meetings and in “other private sessions,” the Journal writes, citing “people familiar with the gatherings.”

Although the so-called hacktivists have not indicated a desire to disrupt the power system, the article continues, “some federal officials believe Anonymous is headed in a more disruptive direction,” pointing to the Anonymous announcement last week that members will attempt to shut down the Internet on March 31. Computer security experts doubt that “Operation Global Blackout” will succeed.

via USA Today, continued here.