Up to $75,000 reward offered for information on North Carolina power grid attack

The Governor of North Carolina and several other organizations are offering monetary rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person or persons responsible for the power outage In much of Moore County, it left residents in the dark for nearly a week.

Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that the state of North Carolina, Duke Energy, and Moore County are offering up to $75,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case, with each body offering a reward of up to $25,000.

Announcing the reward, Cooper said in a press release, “An attack on our critical infrastructure will not be tolerated.” “I applaud the coordinated efforts of law enforcement for leaving no stone unturned to find the perpetrators who did this and I thank Moore County and Duke Energy for matching the state’s reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.” And punished.”

Power outage in Carthage, North Carolina
A view of a substation while work is underway as thousands of people are without power in Moore County after two substations were struck.

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In the attack, which officials said was deliberate, two power substations were damaged by gunfire, causing about 45,000 Duke Energy customers to lose power, damage wastewater pumps, and close schools for nearly a week Gone. a emergency situationThat includes a curfew in place through Sunday, and Moore County officials said they are investigating a death that may be related to the power outage.

Duke Energy representatives estimated that the power would likely restored for all customers By Wednesday evening. At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, spokesman Jeff Brooks said customers were being brought online “a few thousand at a time” and estimated only 1,200 customers remained without power. The final restoration will likely be completed on schedule, Brooks said, a day earlier than initial estimates.

The case is also being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. On Wednesday, the FBI published a poster seeking information on the person or persons responsible for the incident.

On Monday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas addressed the situation, saying the attack “appears to be intentional.”

“We are working with energy companies in local communities to address the situation affecting electricity reaching homes in targeted neighborhoods,” Mayorkas said. “The question is whether it was an act of malice or otherwise? Preliminary evidence suggests it was intentional. Further investigation is underway.”

CBS News cybersecurity expert Chris Krebs said Wednesday that there are now concerns about copycat attacks because of increased online chatting about possible attacks on substations.

“This attacker knew exactly where to hit and he did it deliberately and he did it multiple times and he did it very well,” he said. “There’s absolutely a playbook.”

Mark Strassman contributed reporting.

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