As they report, McAfee asks us to imagine a blackout that could last for months, a blackout where millions of Americans over several states if not the entire US no longer have access to running water, refrigeration, light, banks, electric heating and cooling just for starters. Such a blackout could quickly lead to a massive shortage of medical supplies and food, leading to chaos and widespread looting and violence likely unlike anything that we've ever seen before.
Banks and public transportation systems completely shutdown and ATM's and credit cards and EBT cards no longer working, what Americans had available prior to such an event would be all they'd have left once the stores went empty, most likely within the first 24 hours afterwards...if that long.
U.S. investigators recently found proof that a cyber attack can take down a power grid. A destructive malware app known as ‘BlackEnergy’ caused a power outage on the Ukranian power grid this past December, resulting in a blackout for hundreds of thousands of people. Ukrainian officials have blamed Russia for the cyber attack. A CNN article states that U.S. systems aren’t any more protected than those breached in Ukraine.
McAfee asks us to imagine a blackout that could last months – where millions of Americans over several states are without running water, refrigeration, light, and a dwindling supply of food and medical supplies. A blackout could shutdown banks, challenge the police as they’ve never been before, and lead to widespread looting.
Cyber security is hardly a top major issue. Why is it that the media is not standing up a potential attack on our power grids?
A logical conclusion is that cyber security is a complex topic which the media is not equipped to knowledgeably discuss in public. It is a sorry state of affairs for a potential cyber strike on U.S. power grids to be kept quiet.
His concluding suggestion that the United States look back to the era of mass civil defense as a model for how we might start to make preparations is provocative and sobering at the same time. “Our points of vulnerable access are greater than in all of previous human history,” he writes, “yet we have barely begun to focus on the actual danger that cyberwarfare presents.”
That same day, National Interest reported why our grid is in such danger of cyber attacks, also citing what has happened several times in the Ukraine as a reason why we should be concerned because the U.S. power grid is a large system with interconnected networks, taking down one or more utilities could easily destabilize large areas of the grid.
How many Americans are prepared to live for 2 months without power as McAfee has suggested when many Americans are pulling their hair out after a day without power? How many Americans are stocked up on enough food to survive for 60 full days or more if they're unable to go to the banks to get money or to the stores to buy food if they are no longer being resupplied due to much of the national transportation system down? From the Daily Caller story.:
“In the current environment, the U.S. grid faces imminent danger from cyber attacks,” reads the report. “Widespread disruption of electric service because of a transmission failure initiated by a cyber attack at various points of entry could undermine U.S. lifeline networks, critical defense infrastructure, and much of the economy; it could also endanger the health and safety of millions of citizens.”
The increased networking of electrical grids worldwide is the weakest link in the U.S. power system. Although new networking allows for various time and money-saving features that make the day-to-day operations simpler, they also make it easier for the grid to be hacked.
“There’s the weak-link issue for the whole system,” Dr. Ernest Moniz, President Obama’s Secretary of Energy, told The Washington Post. “The reality is, for a lot of rural, smaller utilities, it’s a very difficult job to have the kind of expertise that will be needed in terms of cyber, so we suggest for example, grant programs to help with training, to help with analytical capacity in these situations.”
As we also learn from the Daily Caller story, researchers have also determined that our power grid is highly vulnerable to terrorists and cyber attacks from outside of the US and warn us that there are 5-minute YouTube tutorials available to cyber-terrorists telling them how to do it. And as they also report, the grid was targeted more than 200 times a year between 2010 and 2014, being penetrated more than 150 times during that period.
Researchers backed by the National Center for Policy Analysis found the U.S. electric grid was highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks from other countries and small terrorist groups. They also determined Texas was the only state dealing with the threat since it has a self-contained power grid.
Infecting industrial systems, such as power grids, with malware is so simple that there are 5-minute YouTube tutorials on how to do it. By overwhelming network links with traffic in a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, Internet users or cyber-terrorists can remove the ability of utilities to communicate with their own electrical grids, effectively causing a blackout. The estimated price for 24 hours of consistent DDoS attack is a mere $40, making such attacks available to pretty much anybody.
A Freedom of Information Act request revealed that hackers successfully infiltrated the DOE’s computer system more than 150 times between 2010 and 2014. The DOE was targeted 1,131 times over the same period.
Public Radio International recently reported that the danger of escalating attacks could lead to real trouble: “When you start doing things like taking down portions of the power grid you very quickly run the risk of escalating a situation because it’s not hard to imagine ways in which people could get hurt and even, God forbid, killed, if portions of the power grid go down, if the streetlights go out, if hospitals shut down, if food starts spoiling on the shelves of supermarkets.”
And while we'd expect that if any long-term grid-down scenario happens here in America, the food will be off the supermarket shelves long before it has a chance to spoil whether via looting or those who prepared for such an event paying for food in cash or precious metals, we see in their warnings another reason for us to prepare, for such an event does not come along with a '2-minute warning'.
In the first video below, Dr. Peter Vincent Pry joins the Mackenzie Institute in a brand new video to talk about the very real vulnerabilities of our electrical grid, where any kind of an attack upon it via cyber, EMP or a natural event via the sun or space weather could instantly bring an 'electronic doomsday' and send the USA back to the 'dark ages'.
And while there are no easy answers to defend against such a devastating grid-down scenario, we believe the long-term answers can be found in finding alternative energy sources such as have been reported in this recent story from the Daily Mail which tells us about a doughnut-shaped fusion reactor that could provide unlimited free energy to the word within 13 years. How many more such sources of free energy are there out there and will the world find out about them during the next 4 to 8 years of President Donald Trump?
Knowing that the Pentagon is working upon a doomsday magnetic pulse weapon powerful enough to cripple a city gives us a very small taste of the technology that our world has - might it one day be used to better the human race rather than destroy it? For those who've followed the work of Nikola Tesla, the fact that Donald Trump's uncle John G. Trump once had access to much of Tesla's work as reported in this story from New Yorker tells us where we'd love to see this all headed.
According to this story from PBS, Trump's uncle John was called in to analyze Tesla's papers after the genius died back in 1943.Just before his death, he claimed he had perfected a so-called "death beam" so quite naturally, the military and govt had great interest in his work. While John Trump reported after analyzing Tesla's papers for 3 days that nothing of significant interest had been found by Tesla, "something peculiar happened...the copies of Tesla's papers disappeared and nobody knows what happened to them."
And while some might say 'the rest is history' with 'free energy' reportedly being kept from the masses while the 'elite' and 'illuminati' profit greatly from it, the fact that President Trump stated in his inaugural address:"We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow" gives us reason to believe that America truly will be great again if we can make it to that point without 'enemies within or without' taking down our electrical grid.
Nearly 82 years ago back on February 9th,1935, Tesla wrote a story in Liberty Magazine called "A Machine To End War" within which he explains what he believed would change the course of human history. We've embedded "A Machine To End War" by Nikola Tesla at the bottom of this story. And if such a machine exists, for the sake of the entire human race, isn't it about to time to use it?