Biden administration Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm confessed on Sunday that America’s power grid is vulnerable to a catastrophic attack from our nation’s enemies.
“Yeah, they do. I think that there are very malign actors who are trying. Even as we speak, there are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector generally,” the secretary told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
The news followed two recent cyberattacks. The nation’s largest oil pipeline, the Colonial Pipeline, was shut down by a ransomware attack, leaving thousands of gas stations without fuel for days.
A second attack on JBS USA shut down the nation’s largest meat supplier and damaged its business nationwide.
Both attacks have been allegedly traced back to Russian hackers.
The Biden administration has come under growing criticism to address the nation’s cybersecurity.
Some have argued the cyberattacks are an evolving form of terrorism, comparing recent attacks to the actions of 9/11 in 2001. An attack on the nation’s power grid could have the potential to harm or kill thousands of Americans in an attack much worse than previous cyberattacks.
The energy secretary’s words remind the nation of the ongoing battle to secure America’s power grid from all forms of attack. The report also reveals the growing threat of cyber warfare in all areas of American life.