Chances are you didn’t hear about it when it happened or the
investigation that followed. Last April just outside of San Jose,
California the grid system came under direct attack.
Investigators have yet to identify any suspects, but the attack seems
to have been well planned. First, someone accessed an underground vault
housing fiber optic telephone cables and cut off communications to a
large PG&E Substation.
Then, for 19 minutes, someone opened fire from long-range.
The sniper apparently utilized 7.62x39mm rounds, such as those used
in an AK-47, to target the oil-driven cooling systems for 17 large
transformers. The shell casings found at the scene had been wiped clean
of fingerprints. According to Newsmax none of the transformers exploded, but the damage was significant
enough for PG&E to force their electricity feeds to reroute through
another station in an effort to prevent a widespread blackout.
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