22 September 2010

Worming Into The Grid.

Obama's push to force us into a the 'smart grid' - to make power consumption "green" - may make us more vulnerable to things like this:
The reality of Stuxnet (and more to the point, its next incarnation) is that critical state infrastructure can be commandeered and destroyed without anyone firing a shot. The very prospect that Israel – or whomever – could shut down Iran by destroying its electrical grid through causing every generator to overload in a matter of minutes is a powerful signal: the signal that cyber war has physical consequences that make conventional air strikes look quaint and maladroit, so 20th century.
Suddenly, "dumb" grids look good - and getting off the grid entirely looks even better.

Another hattip: The MCJ.

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