U.S. Power Grid Attack Could Cause $70 Billion Insurance Losses: Lloyd’s Report

15-Jul-2015 A cyber attack on the U.S. power grid in the Northeast would have far-reaching implications including the loss of lives, economic losses of as much as a trillion dollars, the disruption of water supplies and transportation, and potentially more than $70 billion in insurance clams, in addition to millions of citizens left without power.

In a new report, Business Blackout, Lloyd’s of London and the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Risk Studies examine the economic and insurance implications of a major cyber attack, using the U.S. power grid as an example.
The report depicts a scenario where hackers destabilize parts of the U.S. power grid, plunging 15 U.S. states and Washington D.C. into darkness and leaving 93 million people without power.

Experts predict this scenario would result in a rise in mortality rates as health and safety systems fail; a decline in trade as ports shut down; disruption to water supplies as electric pumps fail and chaos to transport networks as infrastructure collapses.

The total impact to the U.S. economy is estimated at $243 billion, but economic losses could top $1 trillion in the most extreme version of the scenario. (by Insurance Journal)