At least five attacks on power stations in Washington and Oregon in November have been reported to federal authorities, according to multiple reports.
The reports of the Northwest substation attacks come less than a week after a similar attack occurred at two substations in North Carolina that left tens of thousands of residents without power over the weekend.
The FBI acknowledged that it is aware of the recent substation attacks in Washington and Oregon, according to an agency memo sent to Washington law enforcement officials, KING 5 reported. The memo states:
Power companies in Oregon and Washington have reported physical attacks on substations using hand tools, arson, firearms and metal chains possibly in response to an online call for attacks on critical infrastructure. … In recent attacks, criminal actors bypassed security by cutting the fence links, lighting nearby fires, shooting equipment from a distance or throwing objects over the fence and onto equipment.
While the FBI has not confirmed or denied they are investigating the recent incidents, several Northwest power companies confirmed they reported the attacks to the agency in November and are cooperating with them, the Seattle Times reported.- READ MORE