Chinese hackers caused two power blackouts in the United States in the last half decade, according to the cover story in tomorrowâ€™s National Journal. American intelligence sources confirm that the Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army was responsible for intrusions in 2003 that likely caused North Americaâ€™s largest blackout, which affected three states, parts of Canada, and 50 million people. More than a hundred generating stations were shut down. To this day the Chinese activity that precipitated the cascading failure is not fully understood.
Then, this February, three million customers were hit by a blackout that appears to have been inadvertently caused by the Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army as it mapped the network of Florida Power & Light. â€œI suspect, as the system went down, the PLA hacker said something like, â€˜Oops, my bad,â€™ in Chinese,â€ said an unnamed information-security expert quoted in the story.
As they say, the Chinese are at war with us every day over the phone lines. Washington is squeamish about publicly naming China as the source of hostile attacks, so we almost never push back.