Fort Bragg, the largest base in the US Army UU He issued an apology earlier this week after an exercise without prior notice to see what would happen in the event of a cyber attack. The base lost power for 12 hours on Wednesday and Thursday, and caused some confusion and concern at the base.
Army officials told Charlotte Observer that the exercise was designed to "identify deficiencies in our infrastructure, operations, and security," and was not announced to the public to "replicate the real world reactions of all those directly associated with the installation. "
Power at the base went off around 10 p.m. EST on Wednesday and returned during the afternoon of Thursday. Residents in the publication reported some of the problems caused by the blackout on Facebook and Twitter, due to the traffic problems caused when the traffic lights went out to update the official documents as well as his general information. Confusion about the lack of updates from official sources. Others took the situation calmly.
On his Facebook page, the US Army UU He apologized for causing concern and explained that it was part of a test required for the basis to "determine the preparation and the resistance of the installation in a real-world setting." That said, our objectives have been met and, as many of you know, everything has returned to normal. "
In recent years, officials have become increasingly concerned that the country's grid and infrastructure They are vulnerable to cyber attacks, such attacks are not unknown: a couple of years ago, Ukrainian power plants and airports experienced such attacks, and US officials have said they have detected actors linked to Russia who point to US facilities.
With more than 50,000 troops stationed there, Fort Bragg is the largest military base in the world, and is home to the 18th Air Corps of the United States and the Special Operations Command It is worth noting that Army bases like Fort Bragg are more than training facilities for the army: they are full-fledged cities, with housing for soldiers and their families, store s, restaurants, hotels, museums, post offices and much more. As of 2000, the base was home to almost 30,000 more residents. Given the size of the base, a real attack on your infrastructure could cause significant problems, especially if it is programmed to interfere with something like a large deployment or exercise.
Unfortunately, there is only much that planners can do to really see what happens during an incident of this type, and deliberately laying the foundation through a live test should provide the base with some new data that we will learn from of the advance.