Skip to comments.In a doomsday cyber attack scenario, answers are unsettling
Posted on 02/21/2010 9:10:03 PM PST by bamahead
What if a crippling attack struck the country's digital infrastructure? Experts including current and former officials tackle the question. The results show that the peril is real and growing.
The crisis began when college basketball fans downloaded a free March Madness application to their smart phones. The app hid spyware that stole passwords, intercepted e-mails and created havoc.
Soon 60 million cellphones were dead. The Internet crashed, finance and commerce collapsed, and most of the nation's electric grid went dark. White House aides discussed putting the Army in American cities.
"We're in uncharted territory here," was the most common refrain during a three-hour simulated crisis meeting of the National Security Council, the crux of the Cyber Shockwave exercise.
The public rarely gets a peek at government war games. If Tuesday's no-cliche-left-behind version at times resembled a sci-fi thriller, no one doubts that the peril to telecommunications and other crucial computer-run systems is real and growing.
In the end, no grand plan emerged, but the group did agree to advise the president to federalize the National Guard, even if governors objected, and deploy the troops -- perhaps backed by the U.S. military -- to guard power lines and prevent unrest.
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Are you implying that this isn’t what any person elected president in the past (and next) 30 years would do? Disaster, war, bad hair day what have you are all excellent excuses to expand the federal government’s size and power. Looking forward to an actual attack by the Chinese that causes some draconian response which doesn’t actually help things. It is okay though I already take my shoes off before I send email...
This tactical scenario does NOT go far enough. I would have included a 9/11 style attack on the Empire State Building and an exploding fuel tanker in the Port of Houston, with a Cat 5 hurricane hitting NOLA again soon after.
Also going on would have been a bioterror attack against Israel and movements by N. Korea (shelling S. Korean positions). Also present are large Iranian backed attacks on US positions in Iraq.
I think the boneheads in the White House now would jump at the chance to use such a crisis to do things they normally couldn’t do.
Just finished reading “One Second After” today.....EMF nuke....THIS panel is pissing in the wind....what a joke.
The people that should be blamed for this is the cell phone industry.
For allowing this “hole” to happen.
You mean EMP nuke? I keep hearing what a good book that is. ‘Alas Babylon’ has always been a favorite of mine...a chilling tale.
**but the group did agree to advise the president to federalize the National Guard, even if governors objected**
If the phones are dead and power is out good luck mobilizing the National Guard. My unit has a hard enough time getting some people to show up for scheduled drill or contacting them through their phone numbers.
Excellent, but scary...as it lays out just what could (would) happen.....not a pretty picture.....prepare now.
If the national security maven and cyber-security expert Jamie Gorelick (can you hear the God like echo) is involve, fraud and destruction is planned by the political class to cripple United States social infrastructure.
Yeah, I head Kim on this the last couple days, was kinda surprised by her doom on this.
Good point about teaching all the grandmas and pas to learn to text.
I’d just let every country know up front, any cyber attack that causes major economic damage to the US gets disconnected from the Internet if it originated from their country. Any attack that can be traced back to the government of that country that results in major economic damage will be considered an act of war, just as a blockade is. Let’em suck on that.
The combined National Guard could not begin to guard everything.
People have no concept as to what a hopeless task this would be.
I envision the National Guard being used to protect the elite political class and to hell with the rest of America. We would be completely on our own.
The entire system would completely break down within a couple of days and it would be dog-eat-dog.
You’re right about the National Guard not having enough manpower to guard everything. And sadly, with politics as they are, you’re probably right about the rest. The Guard, besides doling out food supplies to civilians here and there, would be positioning combat units and support against any foreign military incursion in a broadly, unprecedentedly ugly scenario.
IMO, there are many personal preparations we can make for nationwide hard times. But one of the wisest would be finding out which neighbors we could get along with—neighbors who have also made preparations for emergencies and possess very calm demeanors (no pride or easy anger that could lead to hysterics). ...even if there are only one or two of ‘em in the whole neighborhood. Poor situations can be more exhausting than most people realize, and most of the exhaustion and other miseries in most neighborhoods won’t come from violence—at least not in most neighborhoods.
Thirst, hunger, injury, illness and exhaustion are much more prevalent in most such cases and places. The television folks do like to concentrate on places like Haiti, though.
My God, it is Y2K all over again. And we all know what damage that did to the world.
I’m currently doing my thesis on cyber warfare, cyber retaliation, cyber aggression & cyber deterrence
The idiots on this panel obviously had done no research into these topics prior to the war game.
Wish they had taken the time to get some people who actually had some knowledge of computers, cyber security & cyber law.