By Catherine J. Frompovich
This article is difficult for me to write because I don’t have what I normally have to back it up: Resource information links to insert. I have nothing more than an email informing me of what’s going on from what a utility company whistleblower on the Northwest USA Coast has divulged regarding vulnerabilities. However, I thought about it—no, agonized about it—but decided to write it anyway because I think it’s important the information be made public.
So here goes: According to that ten-year utility company employee, the U.S. government is forcing electric utilities to use a software program called SAP. Looking online, I find information for the SAP electric software program from Germany. The information I’m receiving, however, is that program is ‘flawed’, easily hackable and can be used to take down the entire USA grid system. See why I’m concerned!
If that be the case, how come utilities are not willing to tell the government NO, but acquiesce to demands to use it? Can it be saying NO will jeopardize their grants and funding to implement AMI Smart Meters? Another electric utility employee—this one is at one of the southern California utilities—says the same thing is happening there regarding the SAP program.
According to the email, outages have been occurring with as many as thousands of people losing power. If that be the case, will power outages become a routine event in the USA because of a software program? Remember I have said AMI Smart Meters are computers!
Furthermore and here’s the squirrely part, the SAP software program, according to the email, supposedly integrates completely with SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), “a control system architecture that uses computers, networked data communications and graphical user interfaces for high-level process supervisory management…” according to Wikipedia