The U.S. government is in the dark when it comes to cyber attacks. (iStock.com)
By Bryce Baschuk
Imagine waking up in the morning and your electricity is out. No lights, no heat and no computers. You try to turn on your cell phone but the network is down and so is your access to the Internet. You suddenly feel alone and afraid.
An army of foreign computer hackers has brought down America’s power grid and government operations.
According to cyber security advisors this kind of scenario is very real and the U.S. is unprepared to defend itself.
Cyber sieges do happen and can have a crippling effect on national defense. In August of 2008, Russia launched a cyber attack on the national websites of Georgia, its neighboring country. These attacks coincided with Russia’s military campaign in the South Ossetia region. The attacks debilitated Georgian news and government websites and marked one of the first cyber/military wars in modern history.
The U.S. is anticipating the cyber wars of the future and is gearing up to respond and retaliate to the looming threats of both rogue states and powerful nations.
Today, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC, an independent group of former DHS, CIA and national security advisors launched a three hour cyber attack simulation.
The “Cyber ShockWave” event and was hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington based nonprofit organization. Their mission was to test the U.S. response to a coordinated, international attack on America’s technological infrastructure.
The group hired experts in cyber warfare to compose a simulated scenario where a virus attaches itself to a “March Madness” college basketball phone application. In the simulation, the virus replicated and spread through smart phone contact lists until it eventually brought down cellular service for most Americans. Included in the exercise were a number of private companies, such as PayPal and General Dynamics, which have a vested interest in bolstering U.S. cyber defense capabilities.
So how did America fare against a such a strike?
Yeahhh, that’s what I have been talking about for some time now…
THIS is what you have to worry about with the APT. If they can get in and out as easily as has been proven out.. Then just how hard would it be for them to lay the groundwork to take our systems out?
Time for the Tsar and his minions to do some shit.