Cyber warfare can be as deadly as conventional warfare, without a single shot being fired or one solitary bomb being dropped. If we all wake up tomorrow without the luxury of electricity, store-bought food, and emergency medical care, only about 20 percent of the population would survive long term. Stockpiling emergency medical supplies, bullets, weapons, and long-term food storage are a self-reliance must, as the Sony hack and cyber attack threats which recently made headlines, reminded us all.
North Korea cyber attack threats issued in response to the Communist nation being blamed for The Interview and Sony hack likely forced hundreds of thousands of blissfully ignorant Americans to ponder the aftermath of a massive cyber attack and power grid down scenario for the very first time.
Every minute of every day we face a deadly threat in America, yet very few are paying attention to the problem. A downed power grid would change life as we know it more than virtually any other doomsday scenario ever could; and is far more likely than a plethora of the apocalyptic scenarios contrived by Hollywood producers.
Should the power grid go down for just a single week, approximately one million Americans will likely die. Many scientists agree that such a doomsday scenario would also cause trillions of dollars’ worth of damage. With the very existence of such a significant portion of society on the line, a logical person would think that the government would be taking the idea of a massive solar storm, cyber-attack, or EMP attack, far more seriously. But, applying logic or common sense to the way career politicians think is a futile endeavor.
The North Korean hackers who released the now infamous Sony emails, call themselves the Guardians of Peace. The cyber hackers have also warned those who lives near the Carmike theaters and other venues showing The Interview, to “leave home” in order to remain safe. After constant changes in mindset, the movie was finally shown and no cyber attack occurred. The Guardians of Peace had issued the following warning,”We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places ‘The Interview’ be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to,” The North Korean cyber hackers said. “Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear.”
The National Defense Commission of North Korea release said that the Pentagon, the White House, and even the “whole U.S. mainland” is nothing more than a “cesspool of terrorism.” The North Korean statement also said, “Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland … by far surpassing the ‘symmetric counteraction’ declared by Obama.”
There are reportedly 1.2 million soldiers in the North Korean army and Kim Jong Un’s troops are allegedly prepared to “use all types of warfare” against the United States. The Communist dictator considered The Interview assassination comedy an act of war and Sony cyber hackers calling themselves the Guardians of Peace, threatened a 9/11 style attack at any movie theater showing the film.
The North Korea cyber attack threats was issued just several hours after President Obama said that he was considering placing the Communist country back on the State Department list of “state sponsors of terror.” The country was on the list for 20 years until the Bush administration removed North Korea in 2008 during nuclear negotiations. During a Friday press conference, Obama said he would “respond proportionately” to the cyber attack at Sony.
North Korea can only be placed upon the state sponsors of terror list again if the State Department determines that the country has repeatedly supported “acts of international terrorism.” Such phrasing has reportedly only applied to nations which have engaged in “violent physical attacks” in the past, and not cyber attacks.
The president deemed the cyber hacking incident at an “act of cybervandalism” which was “very costly” and “very expensive.” Obama stopped far short of calling the cyber attack or North Korea cyber threats, acts of war. “We’re going to review those through a process that’s already in place. I’ll wait to review what the findings are,” Obama concluded during a CNN interview.
As both the American Blackout original film by National Geographic and the Lights Out Saga independent film series (still in production) reveal, life as we know it would cease to exist if the nation is left without power for only a short period of time. If America loses power the nose dive the economy would take would be of epic proportion. The masses would starve, and many of our friends and neighbors would fall victim to violent acts by both marauders and desperate starving folks who had never committed a crime before in their lives.
The attention span of the general populace and government officials is woefully short and may ultimately lead to the downfall of our society. Casually shrugging off concerns about the vulnerability of the power grid as prepper paranoia is much easier than actually working to solve the problem.
Former Department of Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano stated during a press club conference that a cyber-attack on the grid system was a matter of “when” not “if.” A cyber-attack is not the only threat facing the nation’s electrical grid. An Earth-directed solar flare (coronal mass ejection – CME) or an EMP attack by a rogue nation could accomplish the same disastrous results on the power grid. Napolitano spoke at length about the need to prepare for a downed power grid caused by cyber hackers.
The outgoing DHS secretary uttered this warning when speaking in front of the National Press Club:
“Our country will, at some point, face a major cyber event that will have a serious effect on our lives, our economy and the everyday functioning of our society. While we have built systems, protections and a framework to identify attacks and intrusions, share information with the private sector and across government, and develop plans and capabilities to mitigate the damage, more must be done, and quickly. After the storm passed [Hurricane Sandy] FEMA sent teams into impacted areas to set up Disaster Registration Centers and conduct damage assessments. For the first time, we activated the DHS Surge Capacity Force, an all-volunteer corps that we created in 2011 to leverage the shared talents and experience and capabilities of employees from across the department.”
If a cyber attack by North Korea or another rogue nation takes down the power grid, will your family starve due an over-reliance upon grocery store food? Stocking up on long-term food storage #10 cans and buckets, basic medical supplies, and growing and raising your own food will help secure the health and welfare of your loved ones if a flip of the light switch produces nothing more than a dull clicking sound after a cyber attack on the power grid.