In this August 15, 2011, interview, former CIA Director James Woolsey warned about hacking risks and the inadequacy of electrical grid security.
“What they’re doing now, they’re constructing what they call a ‘Smart Grid.’ And they’re going to make it easier for you and me to call our homes on our cell phone and turn down our air-conditioning on a hot afternoon if we’re not there. Great, but that may well mean that a hacker in Shanghai with his cell phone could do the same thing or worse. And a so-called ‘Smart Grid’ that is as vulnerable as what we’ve got is not smart at all, it’s a really, really stupid grid.”
What would happen to society if the electric grid was hacked?
“We’re in the 1870s, pre-grid, and we don’t have enough plow horses or pump handles.”