Podcast: Russia Meddles, Trump Fiddles, Midterms in Peril
CQ on Congress, Episode 93

Adm. Michael S. Rogers, head of U.S. Cyber Command and the NSA, says he has received no directive from the president to counter Russian efforts to interfere in U.S. elections. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the head of U.S. Cyber Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that the Defense Department believes Russia will target state election systems, which tally votes, during the 2018 election. But CQ cybersecurity reporter Gopal Ratnam says that neither Congress, nor the Trump administration, has done anything to help states shore up their defenses.


Attack on Electrical Grid Could Collapse Economy
No plan exists to help localities prepare for a lengthy blackout

The control room at Covanta Energy's resource recovery facility in Alexandria, Va., monitors power generation and pollutants (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It was like something from a Hollywood movie, but it was real. At about 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, a computer in an electricity distribution center in western Ukraine seemed to take on a life of its own. While a helpless worker watched, the cursor on the screen moved by itself and clicked on a box that opened a series of circuit breakers — a move that would take the entire power station offline.  

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