UK Spy Agencies Warn Power Companies To Brace For Crippling Russian Cyberattack

Millions of Americans believe that Russian agents tried to infiltrate the voting systems of individual states - even though the Department of Homeland Security clarified that it was unable to verify who or what organized the attacks.

Despite this, UK intelligence agencies are warning the National Grid (a major utility company), the National Health Service, the Sellafield nuclear power plant and Whitehall Departments to brace for a potentially crippling cyberattack organized by Russia that could trigger a widespread blackout, following its decision to blame Russia for the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy, per the Sunday Times  (an attack that's increasingly looking like a false flag).

Spy chiefs have warned the bosses of Britain’s key power companies to boost their security amid fears of a Russian cyber-attack that could put the lights out.

The National Grid was put on alert last week by officials from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - a branch of the signals intelligence agency GCHQ - and given advice on how to improve its defences to prevent power cuts.

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NCSC officials, working with the National Crime Agency and MI5’s Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, have told key organisations that they could face attempts to steal the data of taxpayers and patients or "denial of service" attacks that could shut down their websites.

A Whitehall security source said: "They’re contacting all the critical national infrastructure operators. They’ve been in touch with National Grid with guidance."

Paul Chichester, the NCSC director of operations, said: "It is absolutely right that we give advice to sectors on defending themselves from cyber-attacks."

On Monday, Prime Minister Theresa May revealed that former Russian spy, Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia, were poisoned with "a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia" known as 'Novichok'.

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The chemical agent, which was identified by the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, has been used by May to suggest that Russia’s culpability in the attack "is highly likely."

On these grounds, she claimed that only two scenarios are possible:

"Either this was a direct act by the Russian State against our country. Or the Russian government lost control of this potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others."

And while the British government’s line has been uncritically parroted by the global press with little scrutiny of its plausibility, evidence has emerged that points to a larger pool of possible culprits than just Russia.

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Meanwhile, Russia has already expelled 23 British diplomats - the same number as the UK kicked out a few days earlier - while also ordering the closure of the UK consulate in St. Petersburg and the Moscow British Council, a cultural and educational organization.

The warnings about a Russian cyberattack come just days after the US Treasury followed through with sanctions against two Russian intelligence agencies as well as a Russian troll farm and an associated Russian oligarch that were indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

And they also precede what's expected to be a flurry of actions to be authorized by May this week to crack down on Russia's ties with the UK.

May will chair a meeting of the national security council on Tuesday to decide how to respond. Downing Street has drawn up plans to:

  • Pass emergency legislation to make it easier to seize the assets of people who live in Russia but launder their money though London.

  • Strengthen the visa regime to make it harder for Vladimir Putin’s cronies to travel to London.

  • Close a Russian trade outpost in Highgate, north London, which is viewed as a hotbed of espionage.

  • Target the finances of Russian oligarchs living in the UK.

  • Publish a further list of Russian officials to be expelled.

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UK officials are set to keep beating the anti-Russia drum this week, with Foreign Minister Boris Johnson set to meet with NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg. Already this weekend, Ruth Davidson, the Tory leader in Scotland, suggested that the Kremlin-backed television channel RT should be shut down.

"Russia Today exists for the sole purpose of promoting the agenda of Putin’s regime," she said. "Objectivity is poisoned when state agents pump propaganda into the households of this country."

Britain will not name the 23 Russian spies it has ordered to leave. But intelligence chiefs are worried Moscow will publish the names of the alleged spies that it has decided to expel - which would render them useless for espionage in other foreign locales.

Of course, it'd be incredibly foolish for Russia to authorize a massive cyberattack in the UK right now while it's facing so much scrutiny. But that likely wouldn't stop the UK from reacting by blaming Russia if an attack should happen, regardless of the credibility of any evidence gathered.

Comments

Tallest Skil Sun, 03/18/2018 - 14:41 Permalink

Fucking false flag us, jews. PLEASE FUCKING DO IT. A prolonged power outage is EXACTLY what we need to begin the race war, and the race war is the only thing that will ever save civilization.

All it would take to completely shut down the communications in an entire city is a normal flathead screwdriver, a pair of wire cutters, and a small flathead screwdriver. Maybe a pair of bolt cutters to get rid of padlocks.

Fiber optic is the easiest to sabotage. Just bend it until you hear a crack and congratulations, you just fucked up a mile and a half of fiber. It will take them at least a day to figure out what the problem is and where it is, and if you snap the fiber right in the middle of a run they can’t  just undo an expansion loop and cut off the damaged section. They have to order the right fiber (different sizes are used), cut it to the right length, and hire a subcontractor to do an emergency job to install the new fiber, which is typically an all day job. Once they’re done, a splicer comes in to splice the new fiber into the network. At the very least, if you damage a fiber line, you’re looking at two or three days where that line and everyone “downstream” of it has no service, plus tens of thousands of dollars in expense replacing it. Breaking the fiber near the “can” that it goes into is easy to fix. They just undo an expansion loop, stretch out the fiber, cut off the damaged section, and splice it. One day of work, max. Always break fiber in the middle of a run.

Telephone and cable TV/Internet? Just open up the tap, use the small screwdriver to back out the contact screws, and close the tap up. With the screws backed out, the cable isn’t making contact and loses signal. They will spend all fucking day trying to figure out what the problem is (note that they will know exactly where it is) until someone thinks to tighten the screws or just replaces the entire tap. This is nothing serious, but it’s something that could be easily and quickly done over and over again to knock out service to a large area.

Power supply cabinets? Use the big screwdriver to open the bicycle lock mechanism, then just unscrew the batteries and unplug them. If you really wanted to do some damage, cut off the padlock, open up the fuse panel, turn the fuse upside down, close it, and put a new padlock on it. Alternatively, just set off some homemade thermite on top of the cabinet, slightly off center (away from the end with the fuse panel) and it will damage the repeater, batteries, and cabinet to the extent that they’ll have to replace the whole thing, which is an all day job.

And no, most places like major airports, hospitals, military bases, etc. do not have redundant communications lines. They get cable TV/phone/Internet from a single provider, and that provider runs a single set of lines into whatever place they’re serving. One man with basic tools could be driving all over a major city and completely destroy its communications if he knew where to cut off the nodes. Just back out some screws, snip some connectors, and you just cut off all communications except cell phones and radios.

Cell phones are shut down by cutting the fiber line that goes into the cell tower. Or you can take out the tower by shooting the transceivers with a high-powered rifle.

Radio is easy to knock out, too. Build a spark gap generator, plug it into a power supply somewhere, and walk away. It’s broadband and it will keep transmitting on every frequency, jamming the signal within its radius. Set up a bunch of these all over town and nobody is communicating via radio: not police, military, fire department, nor EMS. It’ll jam cell phones, too. Yes, they’ll triangulate their positions (especially if the military gets involved, which is why you need multiple jammers) and get rid of them, but that takes time, especially the first time it happens when nobody has any idea what is going on or whose responsibility it is to fix it.

Half a dozen guys can, in a single day, completely disrupt communications in a major city and cause millions of dollars of damage and lost revenue with basic tools and spend noting more than the gas they use to drive around. A couple hundred bucks at most if they build a couple dozen spark gap jammers to plant. People have absolutely no idea how vulnerable our communications infrastructure is. And you know the government’s plan for defending said infrastructure? Hope nobody realizes how vulnerable it is. No, seriously. That’s the extent of their plan to prevent massive sabotage. Hope people are too stupid to realize how easy it is.

Obama doesn’t need to shut down the Internet entirely. He just needs to block access to common folk. Wall Street and major corporations will still get service. You’ll get a 502 error. So much business is done online that shutting down a city’s Internet for a day would cause millions of dollars of lost revenue, easily. Not to mention cost tens of thousands (possibly hundreds of thousands) in expenses for the cable providers because they have to pay for replacement cable and fiber, hire contractors to install them (and pay emergency job rates), and pay their own employees massive overtime (they’re all union) to splice everything in once the contractors replace the cable/fiber etc. You could very easily rack up tens of millions of dollars in a single day. Do it to something like New York City and you’d run into billions.

And while you’re shutting down communications, why not shut down transportation, too? Use a burner phone and call in bomb threats for major bridges, highway overpasses, etc. They’ll shut down the roads, cops scramble to search for bombs, jam traffic for people being detoured, etc. And the gridlock makes it harder for police/fire to get where they need to go, especially once comms are down. Want to shut down an airport? Call in a bomb threat there, too. They’ll ground planes for hours. Fire an improvised mortar onto the tarmac; you don’t need live rounds. Smoke bombs or duds filled with sand will be treated the same. No planes in, no planes out until the bomb squad handles every single one. And if they’re stuck in gridlock across town because they were investigating a bomb threat on an overpass and no one can get a hold of them because the phones and radios are down, that’s an entire airport shut down for an entire day.

Half a dozen guys, tops, could shut down an entire city to the tune of hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, without hurting a single person or causing any permanent damage. And there is absolutely no plan in place to deal with this other than hoping nobody actually does it. The vulnerabilities of our infrastructure and the shittiness of its security is inexcusable. We really need to be building some redundancy into the system, upgrading our infrastructure, and working out an actual plan for defending it, or else the Russians, Chinese, or Wolverines are going to fuck everyone’s shit up with near impunity.

Buckaroo Banzai MagicHandPuppet Sun, 03/18/2018 - 15:02 Permalink

"...to begin the race war"

News flash: the race war started back in 1965, and has been heating up gradually ever since. Of course, much of the white race didn't get the memo so they are still in the dark. It's like the media kikes have been withholding the appropriate information. As if they are using lies, or deception, or something. "Gaslighting", in fact, is the term of art, if I remember correctly.

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two hoots BennyBoy Sun, 03/18/2018 - 16:14 Permalink

May overreacted and responded out of a feeling of "do something" pressure.  It is no secret that Russia will punish/kill if it has been betrayed by one of it's own...on any soil.   They are not the only ones.  Russia is "in the way" of something, somehow (Syria/Ukraine comes to mind as all involved are playing there) and the West is trying to influence outcomes.  

So what was the specific threat that conveniently impacts and scares everyone?  That's how they do it.  

When you have international spy agencies, state/foreign agencies you can expect they will stay active doing something?  Otherwise how do they justify their existence?  No one has a Dept of Peace, now that would be a busy, important agency.

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Pinto Currency Sir Edge Sun, 03/18/2018 - 17:16 Permalink

"... The Russians are already selling their oil to China against Chinese yuan and then buying gold on the Shanghai Gold Exchange using yuan-denominated gold futures contracts."

https://www.lawtodaymag.co/2017/12/the-golden-petro-yuan-and-the-chinese-bride-in-the-arabian-desert/

With daily global oil production valued at 20x daily global gold production, gold payment for oil (PetroGold) will blow up London's LBMA paper rigged gold market.

A discussion with Jay Taylor regarding the new Petro-Yuan-Gold trade:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv0u-mEK7Gg

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NumbersUsa Pinto Currency Sun, 03/18/2018 - 17:20 Permalink

It's not May it's the jew supremacists that pull her strings as usual- they are the incessant warmongers !

The jews scream Russia, Russia, Russia, just like they did with Germany, Iraq, Iran, Syria always the jew wants wars and you get your goyim children sent back in bodybags and the jews then say " we had a good day"

Dumber than dumb goy, propagandized by the jew again- edward bernays-ed !

Though the jew supremacists and their media want your eyes on Russia & Putin they should be here:  

Time to Investigate ‘Israelgate’

http://americanfreepress.net/time-to-investigate-israelgate/

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any_mouse Buckaroo Banzai Sun, 03/18/2018 - 15:57 Permalink

Started in 1954. Brown vs Board of Education. Little Rock.

Ike (Commanded the production of the Holocaust hoax film.) sent in Federal troops as a reminder to the South of Lincoln's War.

Integration at the point of gun barrels ("Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun"- Mao) does not build strong lasting unity of the races.

"A house divided cannot stand." Then proceed to burn half of the house down to make the point.

Wakanda is not real.

Zimbabwe is real.

Baltimore is real.

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David2923 any_mouse Sun, 03/18/2018 - 17:20 Permalink

Can some you do me a favor? see youtube below: Go to the 35:41 mark on progress bar of clip. When you watch, look just left of center and you will see a woman walking towards the camera, focus on her during the clip. Now ask yourself a question. Why is she not in the so called gas chamber? I hope I can get some input to the validity of these 6 seconds. Open to both positive or negative comments
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDKCP4XMlJI&t=2169s

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SoDamnMad MagicHandPuppet Sun, 03/18/2018 - 15:48 Permalink

One would think that maybe a decade ago the critical infrastructures; water,power, communication would have been "hardened" against EMPs, solar flares and cyber attacks.  But Noooooooooooooooooo They just hit themselves in the forehead and say, OMG we are going to be attacked by those horrible Russians.  You are so screwed up the Russians don't  have to do a thing.  According to what I have read, your energy program is toast. I wish they had not had that shipment of Yamal LNG to sell you and it should have been sold for GOLD.

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natxlaw loveyajimbo Sun, 03/18/2018 - 16:15 Permalink

Funny, I thought the false flag would be on NY, but London makes more sense. It would make the financial dominoes fall even more quickly, giving them their much needed scapegoat for the empty banks they've ponzied out, and it gives a deepstate controlled country the responsibility of determining who to blame. If they do it here, Trump is going to find a way to pin it on the actual source, instead of on Russia. If it's London, they get to name and shame and they can drag NATO with them.

 

It looks like the chemical attack in Syria is off now that the Russians have pointed out all the elements of the false flag being lined up. The great thing about a cyber attack, you can blame it on anyone. It is like the perfect false flag.

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GreatUncle loveyajimbo Sun, 03/18/2018 - 18:00 Permalink

Yep ... but it is starting to cause a rift in the population.

Already heard arguments between people on the sheep definitive poisoning position and the not falling for it again supposed poisoning position.

The MP's have been retweeting that nobody really knows what it is but May in her crystal ball seen Russia poisoning the Russian double agent.

When the evidence is provided fine until then it is no more than heresay just like the Iraq WMD campaign they can never ever produce the classified dossier now because it would condemn the UK government.

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natxlaw JohninMK Sun, 03/18/2018 - 16:21 Permalink

It is not alarmist crap necessarily, it may be predictive programming. Your own MI6 plans to hit you, the same way our CIA/FBI hit us on 911, then blame it on whoever they want to fight with. It also covers up the impending financial apocalypse as caused by someone other than greedy anglo-american bankers and their petrodollar ponzi scheme.

The Russians have as much motive to attack the financial system as they do to poison a spy who they willingly transferred to Britain, none. They know the system if broken, which is why they hoard gold and have a new payment settlement system.

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GreatUncle JohninMK Sun, 03/18/2018 - 18:04 Permalink

I actually expect it and I expect it to get alot worse.

They know the majority of the population no longer believes their lies and that number is growing daily.

Never thought the media control of the population would be broken, but I think now that shows you can only lie to people if they can never see the reality. Once the reality materialises and the lie is revealed after that they start to struggle to convince anyone of anything.

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