There have been many prophetic words that have been released warning of the days that we are facing today. From the rising attacks of terrorism, to nuclear war, the effects are the same when looking at the external threats. What about an attack that could possibly cripple the American economy without a shot being fired, or without a missile being launched? What about an internal power grid failure? In his new book, Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath, Ted Koppel talks about the imminent threats coming to America.
-“Imagine the toll of these attacks: massive power blackouts, no telephone, no internet capability; and that’s on your cell phones, or whatever phones exist; overwhelmed first responders; an infrastructure system reduced to chaos.”
-“The President has twice warned about a cyber attack on the power grid in his State of the Union Address. Nothing in the press the next morning.”
-“It will be infinitely more damaging, potentially, than Pearl Harbor was.”
-“If one of the electric grids was compromised, there would be no light, no cooling, no heating, no flow of water, no functioning toilets. In the cities 1000’s of people would be stuck in elevators.”
-“20-25 million MREs, Meals Ready to Eat, for the State of New York. The City of New York, you’re talking about 8 million people…. Lets assume that the folks upstate can take care of themselves. 8 million people. 25 million meals. That’s 3 meals per person. Let’s say they limit themselves to one meal a day. 3 days. What happens after that? No plan.”
-“There is no plan”
-“Its not a question of if; it’s a question of when”
-“We only have 3 cyber grids in the United States: The Eastern-Interconnect, Texas has its own, then there’s the West Coast.”
-“The horrifying possibility is two-fold: the internet was never designed to be defended… and its almost impossible to completely defend something that was never designed to be defended.”
-“There are thousands of hacking incidents every day.”
-“The question we have to ask ourselves as patriotic America citizens, are we more worried about having our privacy compromised by our own intelligence agencies, or by the intelligence agencies of the Chinese, and the Russians, and the Iranians?”
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