The U.S. is under Attack
According to FBI Director James Comey, the biggest threat to national security isn’t a financial breakdown, or an epidemic. The threat most likely to bring our economy to its knees is actually a cyber attack.
Private businesses have battled cyber attacks and their disruptions for decades. But only recently have hacking techniques become sophisticated enough that they could do far-reaching damage across the entire country.
Some of the possibilities include cyber attacks on:
- Major food processing centers – which could result in food shortages or unsafe food.
- Water treatment plants – producing water shortages or health hazards in the drinking water.
- Power plants – which could result in long-term and widespread power outages.
- Nuclear plants – a potential meltdown disaster.
Chemical processing centers – which could result in dangerous spills or disruptions to medical supply chains or even to the agricultural industry.
Hackers now have the capability to infiltrate the digital systems of power plants, processing centers, and more. They can feed false data to the operators, and they can override safety controls before anyone even realizes they have access.
How Long Before it Happens Here?
It has already happened in Iran. Researchers discovered a computer worm designed specifically to infect the control systems of Iran’s nuclear program. As the worm damaged the program’s system, it reported false data so that plant operators didn’t know errors were occurring.
A well-orchestrated cyber attack here in the United States could prove catastrophic. The Department of Homeland Security has stated that a cyber attack in any one of 16 sectors could have a disastrous and far-reaching effect.
Are you confident in the government’s ability to adequately defend that many different systems from sophisticated and aggressive hackers?
I know I’m not.
Thousands of Attacks a Day
Right now, key computer networks like those I mentioned above get hit with thousands of cyber attacks every day.
The origination of the attacks ranges from lone hackers to foreign spies. What’s even worse is that experts estimate 40 percent of these attacks go completely undetected. Given the nature of the attack on Iran’s nuclear facility, that’s an especially worrying prospect.
Information that has been compromised:
- An assessment of weak dams – dams that, if breached, would result in fatalities.
- Cyber security plans for nuclear facilities.
- The design specs for the technology that the New York Stock Exchange is built on.
This is scary stuff, folks.
Preparing for a Cyber Attack
A crippling cyber attack could take many forms. It could affect the food supply, the power grid, or the financial sector. It could even create natural disaster-like situations, causing dams to fail or nuclear plants to meltdown.
Preparing for a cyber attack is like preparing for a worst-case scenario. If you’ve been following the tips I share with my readers on a regular basis, you’re already miles ahead of most people.
If you haven’t yet started preparing, consider what a massive cyber attack could mean to you and your family.
A collapse of the financial market
What if all stock market data were wiped out? Or what if large segments of the Internet shut down? Can you imagine what chaos the economy would be thrown into? The impact would be huge. You can prepare for this kind of attack by purchasing physical gold and silver and by building up a reserve of cash that you keep on hand.
A breakdown in the food supply
If hackers went after the food processing industry, we could face a scenario where entire regions of the country experience extreme food shortages. Even if your region isn’t affected directly, food prices would skyrocket. You can prepare for this kind of attack by building a 30-day food reserve, at a minimum.
Water treatment plants shut down
If you couldn’t get water from your tap, what would you do? A cyber attack on water treatment facilities could easily cause this to happen. Make sure you’re prepared by storing a 30-day supply of water for you and your family. Make sure to store at least a gallon of water per person, per day.
Power grid disruptions
The power grid is an enticing target. An attack that manages to shut down the power grid could also affect water treatment facilities, the financial markets, the food supply, and much more. To be ready for an extended power outage, consider investing in a safe source of backup power.
Government officials are quietly bracing for a cyber attack and the chaos that will follow. They consider it to be all but inevitable. Don’t get caught flat-footed. Make sure you’re ready for all of the possible effects of a major cyber attack on the key infrastructure of the United States.
P.S. – If you’re like I am, you know there’s no time to waste. These threats are real, and becoming more apparent every day.
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