In testimony to congress on Tuesday, America's cyber-command chief and director of national intelligence told congressmen that the country was inadequately prepared for a major attack.
"We must do much more to sustain our momentum in an environment where adversary capabilities continue to evolve as fast or faster than our own," Gen Keith Alexander, the commander of US cyber-command, told the Senate armed services committee.
I tend to agree with his assessment. A major cyber-attack could in theory target the U.S. power-grid and program key components such as transformers to fail potentially cutting off power to millions of people. If this happened in the winter, this could be especially catastrophic in northern states especially in large cities such as New York and Boston, where there isn't the capacity to run fireplaces. Not to mention that thousands would die if power was lost in hospitals for prolonged periods of time and fuel could not be brought in. The worst nightmare though would be if a cyberattack was able to get at the nuclear power plants and cause failures which in turn caused meltdowns the economic and human ramifications of that would eclipse 9/11 by many times over. Worst of all is the U.S. has little to no capability to deal with any of this, they can barely deal with Chinese cyber espionage for cripes sake, in 2000 a lone Canadian teen took down many commercial websites and got close to taking down several of the U.S. government and military I can only imagine what capabilities big cyber terrorist cells, or foreign governments could do in a cyber war situation today. Do you think that cyber is perhaps more dangerous than physical terrorism now?
Edited by MarcZ, 15 March 2013 - 06:57 AM.