That would be a resounding..........YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This week Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned "that the United States was facing the possibility of a cyber-Pearl Harbor” and was increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation’s power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government.
Think about it, just about everything you come in contact with during a typical day is computerized, you go to the bank, grocery store, pumping gas, even checking out a book at the library is now done on a computer.
Mr. Panetta was also pushing for legislation on Capitol Hill. It would require new standards at critical private-sector infrastructure facilities like power plants, water treatment facilities and gas pipelines where a computer breach could cause significant casualties or economic damage, but let's face it....
Do you honestly think a foreign country cares about our "legislation" and they WILL find a way around it.
Mr. Panetta also went on to say“cyber-attackers launching several attacks on our critical infrastructure at one time, in combination with a physical attack would cause physical destruction and the loss of life, an attack that would paralyze and shock the nation and create a profound new sense of vulnerability.”
What Mr.Panetta is saying in a diplomatic way is........WELCOME TO SHTF
Now the United States is also guilty of being the cyber attacker. Although it has never publicly admitted it, the United States has conducted its own cyberattacks against adversaries. According to an article in The New York Times in June 2012, during President Obama‘s first few months in office, he secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on Iran’s computer systems at its nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons.
So what can you do?
*Something I do to retain the information that I want is very simple...I print it out and put it in a 3 ring binder. I pay for ink, paper, and the binder.
*I also buy actual books, not kindle ebooks......books.
* I practice to understand whats in my binders and books so if for some reason I don't have them I remember how to do it.
* I only keep enough money in my bank account to pay my bills. Any extra money I have goes toward my preps because lets be real, when the economy tanks I would rather have food to eat over a greenback that is worth nothing. Same goes for gold. I know so many preppers buying gold and silver. WHY? If you go to barter with me for gold for food I'm gonna laugh at you! Unless you have something I want that is going to actually benefit my day to day living such as a gun, ammo, livestock etc to me your Gold and Silver are worthless.
So take a step back from your computer and begin weaning yourself from it now. Put in to practice what you read on here. Actually do the manual end of prepping not just reading about it or watching it on You Tube because that screen you stare at, the light switch you flip, the faucet you turn on....is not always going to be there.
Be prepared, not sorry