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Former NSA Chief Warns Against “Catastrophic” Targeted Attack on Energy Infrastructure


General Keith Alexander, the former head of the National Security Agency (NSA), is concerned that the United States’ energy infrastructure is vulnerable to targeted attacks launched by sophisticated actors.

“The greatest risk is a catastrophic attack on the energy infrastructure. We are not prepared for that,” he said.

According to General Alexander, the West’s “doomsday” scenario involves a coordinated attack against American critical energy infrastructure, including oil refineries and power stations, as well as a simultaneous campaign against Western financial centers.

Based on these threats, he feels the United States needs “an integrated air-defence system for the whole energy sector.”

General Alexander listed five countries who are capable of conducting “cyber warfare,” which includes launching targeted attacks against other nations’ critical infrastructure: the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Russia, and Iran.

Late last year, Michael Rogers, the current...(continued)

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