The next World War will likely be fought at least in part over the Internet. State-sponsored hackers are working on plans to attack the United States' power grid, leaving millions of people vulnerable to the elements, and the economy vulnerable to ruin.
This isn't hyperbole. It's already happening. Iranian hackers accessed a dam just 20 miles from New York City, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Plus, a cybersecurity researcher accidentally stumbled into a hack by Iran that suggests the country could bring down the U.S. power grid.
Iranians hackers have stolen passwords and engineers' drawings of power grids around the country. One of these drawings was titled "Mission Critical."
This hack involved Capline Corp., which has 82 power plants in the United States and Canada. While Iran was behind this hack, it's believed that Russian and Chinese hackers have also hacked U.S. energy company systems. More frightening, the terrorist group ISIS is likely also trying to hack the power grid, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
These hackers gained enough access to the power grid that they could have infected it with malware, and cut the electricity for millions of Americans. This time of year, with frigid temperatures, that could've been deadly for countless people.
These hacks are not the work of novice hackers. Power grids are incredibly complex systems that can be broken into only by the most sophisticated hackers.