The destruction of the power grid by terrorists would not necessarily have to involve an EMP attack, according to Cohen.
“You can do it through cyber attacks, and that’s the real threat coming up as well. We have to look at cyber attacks being able to shut down our power grid, which you have to remember is in the private sector’s hands, not the government’s. And we’re vulnerable,” the former Secretary of Defense added. “It’s possible and whether it’s likely to happen soon remains to be seen.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that a cyber attack on the power grid was a matter of “when,” not “if.”
Former senior CIA analyst and EMP Task Force On National Homeland Security Director, Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, told Newsmax TV that that America is a “sitting duck” for a terror attack that could completely destroy the power grid and take the lives of every nine out of ten Americans in the process.
While true, the US power grid needs increased cyber defenses to prevent potentially unknown cyber attacks from being successful, Cohen’s comments are hyperbolic.
Additionally, it is highly doubtful there is any scenario where a cyber attack would lead to the death of “every nine out of ten Americans” and I kindly challenge EMP Task Force On National Homeland Security Director, Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, to point to anything tangible to backup such over-the-top claims.