Energy secretary says enemies are capable of shutting down US power grid

Energy secretary says enemies are capable of shutting down US power grid


Adversaries to the US are capable of shutting down the nation’s electrical grid, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm admitted Sunday, saying that such cybersecurity attacks are “happening all the time.”

Granholm warned of the system’s vulnerabilities — amid an uptick of ransomware sieges — on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“Yeah, they do,” Granholm told host Jake Tapper when asked if foreign actors have the ability to make the power grid go dark.

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“There are very malign actors who are trying, even as we speak,” she explained. “There are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector generally.”

Granholm added, “It’s happening all the time. This is why the private sector and the public sector have to work together.”

Granholm, the former Michigan governor, touted the Biden administration’s efforts to combat cyberattacks.

She said “working with other countries, working with the private sector, working inside of our own government — the president has been

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