23 Feb 2012

Anonymous may have power to shut down power grids

The hacking collective Anonymous has gotten familiar with many government agencies and businesses over the past couple of years, but according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the group could have the ability to knock out power grids in the United States in the upcoming years.

"It's a real threat," said James Lewis, a cybersecurity specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who is currently researching the group and their capabilities, told the Wall Street Journal. "You want to occupy Wall Street? How about turn Wall Street off? Even for a day."

PC Magazine said while the group may not necessarily have plans to shut down power, it has shown that it can take down different websites and other various pieces of infrastructure over the past two years.

Typically, the group uses a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack where the website server is overloaded with traffic and is rendered useless, according to Mashable. This internet security breach of power grids would be taking that to a level far beyond where Anonymous currently is.