19th February 2005 - 03:49 PM
The software I'm referring to is used to control the voltages that are sent to other power plants that are within the United States. There are, of course, many fail safe systems in place especially in nuclear power plants that will prevent such a spike in voltages from inducing a catastrophic meltdown. However, there are plants that manage and redistribute power to cities that can be damaged by harmful voltages coming in through powerlines. This can cause a major disruption in civilian life and has the potential to damage the U.S.
"Nov. 9, 1965 at rush hour: Toronto and New York are plunged into darkness as a blackout strikes Ontario and the eastern United States. The result: traffic chaos, airport turmoil and tales of kindness and courtesy as 30 million people react to the largest power failure in history."
This was caused by harmful voltages running through power switch stations and ACORN can be used in a malicious manner to disable fail safe systems and send harmful voltages through the power grid.
The main problem I have with ACORN is that it appears to manage power in a whole by controlling both voltages sent and fail safe systems. This, of course, is very insecure.