Earlier this week, Fort Bragg which is the largest base of US army issued an apology following an unannounced exercise to see what would happen in the event of a cyber attack. On Wednesday and Thursday, the base lost power for 12 hours which caused some confusion and chaos on the field.
Army officials told the Charlotte Observer that tests conducted to “identify shortcomings in our infrastructure, operations, and security,” and wasn’t announced to the public in order to “replicate likely real-world reactions by everyone directly associated with the installation.”
Moreover, Power on the base gone around 10 PM EST on Wednesday, and returned over the course of Thursday afternoon. Whereas residents reported the issues going on that the blackout happened on Facebook and Twitter from traffic issues caused when traffic lights went out to getting official documents updated. As well as their overall confusion about the lack of updates from official sources.
On the US army Facebook page the officials said, “determine the readiness and resiliency of the installation in a real-world scenario. With that said, our objectives have been met and as many of you know, everything is back to normal.”
The army has apologized for causing the inconvenience and explained that it was part of a required test for the base. In the past few years, Government officials have become concerned about the US power grid and infrastructure is vulnerable to cyber attacks. Previously, such attacks took place like Ukrainian power plants and airports experienced these cyber attacks, and US officials have said that they’ve detected Russian-linked actors targeting US facilities.
Fort Bragg is the largest military base in the world with almost 50,000 soldiers stationed over there. It is also home to the US’s XVIII Airborne Corps and Special Operations Command. Army bases like Fort Bragg is more than just a training camp, they’re a full-fledged operating facility, with housing for soldiers and their families, stores, restaurants, hotels, museums, post offices, and more. As of 2000, the base was home to nearly 30,000 other residents.
By considering the army base size a real attack against its infrastructure could cause many major problems.