Is Cyber War a Survival Threat?

A recent headline says, “Cyber attack ‘could fell US within 15 minutes.’” Richard Clarke, counterterrorism advisor in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, warns a cyber attack is a threat to national security because the U.S. is less prepared for it than Russia, China, or North Korea.

Clarke has written a book about it entitled, Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It. It’s coauthored with Robert Knake and paints quite a doomsday scenario. Could we see an electronic Pearl Harbor as Clark asserts? Will we have a meltdown of the Internet that results in chaos and endangered lives? Will airplanes and subways crash? What will happen to the power grid?

This reminds me of what we were hearing before the Y2K nonevent. Only then it was going to be something less sinister than the actions of terrorists who wouldn’t even have to set foot on our shores.

How seriously should we take this threat? How real is it?

One thing is for certain, and that is the uncertainty of when a cyber attack might happen, if it indeed does happen. I’d say we shouldn’t overlook cyber attack as a threat. Add it to the list of other things you’re preparing to face—everything from hurricanes to electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

One day life as we now know it will not exist. Perhaps a cyber attack will be a contributing factor. If not, what have you got to lose by being aware and ready? Your survival is at stake.

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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.