Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:02AM
Former chief of the National Security Agency General Keith Alexander
Former chief of the National Security Agency General Keith Alexander

The former chief of the National Security Agency has warned about a “catastrophic” cyber attack which would cripple the United States and its allies’ energy infrastructure, saying the West is not prepared.

"The greatest risk is a catastrophic attack on the energy infrastructure. We are not prepared for that," General Keith Alexander said.

“We need something like an integrated air-defense system for the whole energy sector,” he added.

According to the general, the "doomsday" scenario for his country and other Western nations is a hi-tech blitz on refineries, power stations, and the electric grid.

The general also noted that the United States has failed to prevent the ISIL Takfiri terrorists from expanding the network in the Middle East, warning the US about a hacking threat from the group.

Earlier this year, US President Barack Obama stressed the need for toughened laws on cybersecurity after a hacking of the US Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts by members of ISIL terrorists.

ISIL’s so-called Cyber Caliphate infiltrated the Central Command’s Twitter account and threatened American soldiers.

“AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS (ISIL)," read the tweet.

They also posted propaganda videos on the CentCom’s YouTube feed.

Obama said the hack shows “how much more work we need to do -- both public and private sector -- to strengthen our cybersecurity."

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