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Ted Koppel’s book – ‘Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath‘ – published in October, 2015 – spells out what may be our nation’s greatest risk – a catastrophic shutdown of one or more U.S. power grids.
In his New York Times bestselling investigation, Koppel reveals that a major cyber attack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared.
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. Ukranian 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.
Koppel 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 campaign issue. Why is it that the media is not standing up a potential attack on our power grids as a campaign fighting point for the Republican and Democratic candidates? And how come there is not one candidate in either party speaking out on protecting the U.S. against this huge threat to our safety?
A logical conclusion is that cyber security is a complex topic which the media and the candidates are 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 during an election year.
We need a President who can protect the U.S. against a massive cyber attack launched on us by an enemy nation. The media needs to start asking the presidential candidates hard questions on this topic and turn cyber security into a major campaign issue. Otherwise Koppel’s next book might be ‘I told you so’… if he can still plug his laptop in to the grid.
This article was written by Steve Morgan from Forbes and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.