Three recent attacks that have been carried out against the power grid in Arkansas have drawn the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who is now investigating the situation to determine whether or not the incidents are linked.The FBI first took interest in Arkansas six weeks ago when they opened up an inquiry into a report by the utility company Entergy Arkansas that one of their high-voltage transmission lines in the Lonoke County had been brought down. Specific objectives include protecting core power grid controls and communications infrastructure, building security and privacy protection into components and services and providing security management capabilities and security testing and validation.
In addition to the U of A researchers, all of whom are associated with the university’s National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission, the new cybersecurity research center includes faculty from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Carnegie Mellon University, Florida International University and Lehigh University. Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC), a Little Rock-based generation and transmission cooperative, will serve as an industry partner.
Mantooth, who holds the Twenty-First Century Research Leadership Chair in the College of Engineering, is executive director of the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission, a 7,000-square-foot, $5-million power electronic test facility at the University of Arkansas. About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs.


The authorities described that on the 21st of August someone had removed bolts securing a the 100 foot transmission tower, attached a half inch cable to the tower, and then laid it across a nearby railway track, hoping to use a momentum of a passing train to pull the tower over. Attackers would attempt to take control of the digital controller or trick it into thinking it needs to react to falsified signals. As a wholesale power provider for the state’s 17 electric distribution cooperatives, AECC will serve as the primary beta test site of all developed security tools and technologies. No abusive material, personal attacks, profanity, spam or material of a similar nature will be considered for publication.
Their goal is to protect hardware assets, make systems less susceptible to cyberattack and provide reliable delivery of electricity if such an attack were to occur. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity.


A stolen tractor with an extendable arm upon which a circular saw blade was attached, was used to cut through a power pole, bringing down the transmission line, and actually knocking out the power to several thousand customers of First Electric Cooperatives.
This was the first attack to actually disrupt the power.The FBI has been able to report that no one has been harmed in any of the attacks, and that all have taken place in the early hours of the morning. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.



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