Chinese and Russian cyberattacks on the power grid and
NEW YORK, April 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Russia, angered by U.S. sanctions and support for Ukraine, may launch a cyberattack on U.S. energy supplies according to recent FBI intelligence. China, another major rival, could also potentially attempt to cripple the US power grid with cyber sabotage. While these threats will likely persist for years, Kronos Fusion’s powerful quantum computing and machine learning systems could help strengthen this vital sector against foreign electronic attacks.
The first threatening sign appeared in February when hackers, probably from the Russian group “Strontium”, infiltrated the computers of twenty-one liquefied natural gas producers in Ukraine, including Chevron and Kinder Morgan. According to cybersecurity firm Resecurity Inc., as reported by Bloomberg, around 100 computers were compromised just before Russia launched military operations in Ukraine. Some outlets such as Technocracy News described the hack as a “warning shot” for America.
Following these events, the FBI reported an “abnormal scan” of five major US energy companies in mid-March. Coming from IP addresses in Russia, these scans look like Russian cyber warfare operatives probing for weaknesses in America’s power supply. While some private cybersecurity experts disagree with the FBI’s findings, hacks of Russia’s energy network in Ukraine and shutdowns of Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment facility potentially caused by viruses and Mossad cyberattacks show that the general risk is real.
Kronos’ upcoming fusion energy commercialization center could decisively boost America’s energy security, reducing the risks of a successful cyberattack in this critical sector. Simultaneously analyzing multiple complex data streams through quantum computing and deep machine learning is key to enabling Kronos algorithms to develop virtually unbreakable cybersecurity for the US energy grid.
Advanced machine learning will likely be able to respond to attacks in real time. Developing countermeasures and workarounds with near-instantaneous test simulations could theoretically enable the creation of an adaptable cybersecurity system that constantly changes to immunize against new emerging threats.
Fusion commercialization centers planned by Kronos will house computer systems that use neural networks capable of learning from mistakes and running simulations over multiple lines of data to find, test and refine optimal solutions. The usefulness of these methods for developing better cybersecurity and continuously improving it based on real-world feedback is obvious.
Practical fusion energy itself is another layer of security for America against these alien cyber intrusions. Even in the extremely unlikely event that a Russian or Chinese cyberattack were successful, there would be no risk of nuclear contamination or collapse if US energy was supplied by fusion reactors.
Kronos is strongly committed to developing its commercialization centers with its futuristic computer technology and practical fusion reactor design, ensuring that America emerges as the world’s dominant energy producer. Ensuring the security of these systems is another essential piece of the fusion puzzle that Kronos intends to solve using cooperation between private industry, government and American academic institutions.
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