'Start Here' podcast: Hacking the electric grid

Our partners at FiveThirtyEight examined what it would take to shut off the country's lights. ABC News' Brad Mielke reports.
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Transcript for 'Start Here' podcast: Hacking the electric grid
Well today fifteen years later need threat may be looming for America's power grid now experts are concerned about attacked by hackers NBC's Brad bell he joins us with more morning Brad. As you know a bunch of things went wrong to cause that blackout but it all back to a little software glitch and it showed just how vulnerable we could all Beattie. It's a way to for hacking was a term we used with elections the question is bin. Could someone hacked their way into America's electrical grid now I spoke to Maggie Kurth baker she's a science writer with our partners at 538. She's been looking into what it would take for hackers to shut off the country's lights. We are talking about a problem that is actually urgent there are actually hackers who are trying to end in some cases succeeding at getting into. Parts of our electric grid that they shouldn't be in what has not yet happened is any but he actually shutting down electricity in the United States and there are some experts who are involved in both the maintenance and the regulation to grant who think that would be a lot harder to do. Then it's kind of been presented in the media. She says there are a lot of safeties a lot of redundancies but you guys she also says we have replaced a lot of our old analog systems with new were more efficient digital once. But those are a lot more accessible to hackers we just happen to become a lucky. We have so many companies controlling our electricity he can hear a lot more about modern black outs on start here later this morning. Ticket out of apple podcast we've ever podcasting app. And this nagging our thanks Brad.

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