In the last couple decades there has been concern of electronics infrastructures, vehicles and appliances being wiped out in a moment from an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse). Concerns recently have surfaced with North Korean nuclear tests raising the possibility of an atmospheric blast that can possibly deliver an EMP. People have looked into old technology such as Faraday Cages or buying old vehicles that lack electric control modules for possible survival if a sudden damaging event happens.
In the last couple days though, there has been a concern of the wiping out of actual grid systems through computer hacking. The latest suspicion raised somewhat by the flurry over election interference is that hackers sympathetic to Russia have the ability to electronically ‘infect’ electrical grids in the US. An example is the limiting of 20% of the Ukraine’s electrical imports from Kiev a couple years ago.
The new malware group of concern, Sandworm, is believed by some to be tied to Russia’s security service. Cyber damage to infrastructure is something the U.S. has also had capabilities toward, such as the Student worm which many believe was created to disrupt Iran’s creation of enriched uranium. If such a cyber malware hit U.S. grids, how effected would Alaska be? Since Alaska only shares infrequently electrons with Yukon it would probably not effect the direct flow of electricity – but our goods, such as 85% of consumed food coming up weekly from Seattle could effect us greatly.