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Cyber War - The Aurora Project

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Uploaded on Nov 14, 2009

This Cyber War episode was on 60 minutes and belongs to CBS.

The Aurora Project proved that network control to a generator is very dangerous. This shows how drastically a 27-Ton, 1 megawatt type power generator can be destroyed by simply hacking into it from a common laptop. Imagine getting access to all of the generators in the U.S. and then simply pushing the enter key on your keyboard by one man. After a little control by use of the internet and some skilled hacking by an evil programmer or an Al-Qaeda professional, this could be accomplished. With one malignant hacker on the power grid, a lot of our economy will die. What will we do without electricity for 4 months or maybe up to a year? Our electronic and software engineers that create these interfaces that control these generators need to care about these liabilities, and not just profits. Even if they did, its still too expensive. Microsoft makes billions and even they cant stop hackers. The Internet is for information, and should never be used for generator control..

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