Most deferred maintenance issues in infrastructure translate only into local health and economic problems, but there are serious national security ramifications associated with decaying infrastructure.
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The Daily Beast has a story on “CrashOverride”, a computer program best described as transient anti-infrastructure warhead designed to disrupt the power grid. It was tested live against a Ukrainian substation in December 2016 creating a small blackout.
Recently, Tim Maurer, Ariel Levite, and George Perkovich of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace released a white-paper with a broad new proposal regarding the offensive cyber operations conducted by nation states, in an attempt to address acknowledged interdependent risk issues within the global financial system.
The critical networks keep America’s lights on, our communications humming, and the banks open for business are insecure, and we’ve known it for a long time. From the Stuxnet virus to Russia’s cyberattack on Ukraine’s electric grid last year, hackers have shown that they can physically disable the systems that control our power, pipelines, railway switches, financial networks, and much else.