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Russia had the motive, the means, and perhaps the opportunity to sabotage an American liquified natural gas plant โ€” but did it?

Tom Rogan, national security writer at the Washington Examiner, made a compelling case that it just might have.

In his report Tuesday, Rogan suggested Russian hackers may have had something to do with an explosion at the Freeport LNG plant on Quintana Island in Texas on June 8.

Amid a burgeoning energy crisis across the globe spurred on by the war between Russia and Ukraine, the disaster has taken the facility offline at least until the end of the year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has long seen the facility, which is located in the Gulf of Mexico and just 70 miles south of Houston, as a threat to his nationโ€™s energy industry because it gives the U.S. the ability to sell gas to European nations.

Moreover, Putin has been friendly to hackers and would certainly welcome an attack that cut Americaโ€™s supply, which would, in turn, force the European Union to think twice about sanctioning Russia.

These possible motives are bolstered by evidence that there was already a plan in the works shortly after the Russia-Ukraine conflict began.

โ€œAccording to two sources, around the time of Russiaโ€™s late February invasion of Ukraine, a cyber unit of Russiaโ€™s GRU military intelligence service again conducted targeting-reconnaissance operations against a major U.S. liquefied natural gas exporter, Freeport LNG,โ€ Rogan wrote.

One of the sources also told Rogan that the FBIโ€™s Cyber Division was investigating the incident, though the agency told him it could โ€œneither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation into this matter.โ€

Preliminary data in the days following the explosion revealed that high pressure caused a section of a transfer line to burst and allow the highly flammable vapor cloud of natural gas to escape and ignite.

โ€œHowever, what was not explained is how a critical overpressure event could have occurred without safety systems kicking into action,โ€ Rogan pointed out.

While Roganโ€™s unnamed LNG pipeline experts said there were issues such as corrosion that could have naturally led to the explosion, the author contended that โ€œthe FBIโ€™s investigative involvement, the specific nature of this explosion, and the scale of damage incurred do raise major questions.โ€

Notably, one expert said that these pipelines that flow from the storage tank into the terminal are โ€œundertaken from a networked control facility.โ€

This means Russian hackers that breached the network would have had the means and opportunity to eliminate or circumvent these safeguards through a cyberattack to initiate the disaster โ€” and it wouldnโ€™t be the first time.

Itโ€™s a well-established fact that Russian cyberattacks have created mayhem for American businesses and that the government has had difficulty doing anything to effectively stop them.

Moreover, the energy infrastructure was proven vulnerable just last year after a ransomware attack against the Colonial pipeline ended only after a $4.4 million payout was made to hackers to resume flow through Americaโ€™s largest refined-oil pipeline.

And this is exactly the kind of action the Russian cyber attack unit dubbed XENOTIME would undertake.

Rogan claims the unit was likely behind the reconnaissance mission in February and previously โ€œhas utilized boutique TRITON/TRISIS malware developed by the Russian Ministry of Defenseโ€™s Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics,โ€ according to Rogan.

โ€œThat malware is designed for the seizure of industrial control systems and the defeat of associated safety systems,โ€ he continued. โ€œIn 2017, GCHQ (Britainโ€™s NSA-equivalent signals intelligence service) outlined the need for network compartmentalization to protect safety systems against this malware better. In March 2022, the FBI warned that TRISIS malware remained a threat.โ€

An attack against the Freeport LNG plant falls in line with XENOTIMEโ€™s โ€œmodus operandiโ€ that takes aim at these โ€œindustrial control systems and supervisory control systems in order to effect unilateral control of a network.โ€

It even specifically targets โ€œsafety systems,โ€ which precisely fits the bill for a system that regulates pressure for flammable substances.

Rogan conceded that it will be difficult โ€œattributing Russian culpabilityโ€ if Freeport LNG didnโ€™t detect the attack. โ€œDeficient cyber forensics is an issue that afflicts many private sector organizations,โ€ Rogan concluded.

Though not directly related, this theory about the Freeport LNG explosion plays into growing suspicions about the possibility of intentional attacks on the necessities of life.

Several food-processing plants have caught fire this year and 10,000 cattle dropped dead earlier this month in Kansas, leaving many to question whether the nationโ€™s food supply is under attack.
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I don't think Biden needs any help destroying America's fuel networks and supply.
 

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More likely an affirmative-action hire turned a valve the wrong way. You don't have to sabotage a country that's so good at sabotaging itself.
 

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"FBI's Cyber Division was investigating the incident".

I stopped reading the article at that point. I'm sure Russia is smart enough not to interfere with their enemy when they are destroying themselves.
 
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