Washington: The US needs to learn lessons from the massive blackouts in India, top US lawmakers have said, pushing for the passage of a law on cyber security even though the Indian power crisis is not the result of any cyber-attack.
"All one needs to do is look at what is going on in India on Wednesday. There are no cyber problems there that I am aware of, but one-half of the country of India is without electricity today," Senator Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, said.
"Transportation has been shut down, financial networks in India, which are significant, are down, and it is a chaotic place. There are 600 million people in India who are without electricity," Reid said.

"As we have been told time and time again, the most important issue we have facing this country today for security is cyber," Reid said on the Senate floor yesterday urging his Senate colleagues to pass the White House-backed cyber security bill.
"We have been told that by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and by the head of the CIA. We have been told that by Democrats and Republicans. It is an issue that is important, and we have been told it is something we can prevent," he said.
"If we don't do this bill, it is not a question of if there will be a cyber-attack that will be devastating to our country, it is only a question of when. It can be stopped," he added.
India this week experienced one of its worst power failures with major electricity grids collapsing twice.
Senator Joe Lieberman too referred to the Indian power crisis during his debate on the cyber security bill.
"....I think it may help to look at something very difficult to look at, which is what is happening in India today where the power system has collapsed for hundreds of millions of people," he said.
"That is a breakdown, as far as we know, and I believe that is what is the fact, that is a breakdown in parts of the electric grid," Lieberman said.
"Just imagine for a moment if that was not the result of a weather event but of a cyber-attack. Cyber systems are controlling the electric power grid, and I believe they are vulnerable. I think the same of a lot of the other cyber systems that control critical infrastructure in our financial system," Lieberman added.
"What would happen to our country if those systems were knocked out or what would happen if Wall Street and the stock exchanges were knocked out?" the Senator said.
"Think about the real nightmare situation, which is that a dam controlled by a cyber system is penetrated by an enemy who opens the dam and unleashes water, and torrents of water knock out communities in the path of that water and kill a lot of people," Lieberman said.


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