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Deadly Cyberattacks Highlight the Need for a Cybersecurity Upgrade | Wyly Wade
It was Aug. 17, 2009 — just over four years ago. The location was Siberia, at the sixth largest hydro-dam in the world. It's a place called Sayano-Shushenskaya.The tips of the turbine that the witness saw spinning moved at near-supersonic speed, generating 475 megawatts of power. That's enough electricity to light up a city of more than half a million people. And then the entire device blew straight up, right out of its housing. Within moments, the death toll at Sayano-Shushenskaya was 75. The entire hydro-dam electrical output, totaling 6,400 megawatts — about the equivalent of three nuclear power plants — went offline, representing an immediate loss of over 10% of the power in the Russian Far East.According to Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the U.S. National Security Agency, a power grid operator nearly 500 miles away sent a rogue command to the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro-dam control complex. Basically, the grid managers who control the Siberian region wanted more electricity in the