Comodo CEO Calls for Strengthening Cybergrid Security
"Do we really want to build this smart grid for it only to be used against us?" Melih Abdulhayoglu's concern for the security of the United States' electricity grid was prescient. "We've got to be sure those smart meters are protected."
He spoke a day before Siobhan Gorman at the Wall Street Journal broke the news that cyberspies, most likely from China and Russia had penetrated the cybergrid that controls the U.S. electrical supply, and had left behind potentially disruptive software.
"The CIA has already admitted that cities have been taken down by criminal activities, by attacks." American users of electricity are "lucrative targets," he said. He urged the U.S. not to "build all our houses and homes into this thing and make it all vulnerable."
Abdulhayoglu is an expert on Internet security. His firm, Comodo, distributes PC security software now installed in tens of millions of computers around the world.
For more about the vulnerability of the U.S. cyber grid, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpaTyE4Z0t0.