Monday, April 24, 2017

Did Cyber Attack Shut Electricity Off?

Think for a minute about how our lives would come to a complete stop if some hackers or terrorists were able to shut off the electricity.

No cell phones?  No elevators?  No business activity?  No computers?  No email?  No TV?  No video games?  No dinner?  No restaurants open?

What if they were able to shut it off for a week?  Two weeks or a month?

We are talking about TOTAL CHAOS.

"But Dennis, that could never happen here in America....because this is America and it just wouldn't."

OK....but it is sounding like someone shut the lights off in CA and NY at about the same time.

The U.S. power grid appears to have been hit with multiple power outages affecting San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.

Officials report that business, traffic and day-to-day life has come to a standstill in San Francisco, reportedly the worst hit of the three major cities currently experiencing outages.

A series of subsequent power outages in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City left commuters stranded and traffic backed up on Friday morning. Although the outages occurred around the same time, there is as of yet no evidence that they were connected by anything more than coincidence.

The first outage occurred at around 7:20 a.m. in New York, when the power went down at the 7th Avenue and 53rd Street subway station, which sent a shockwave of significant delays out from the hub and into the rest of the subway system. By 11:30 a.m. the city’s MTA confirmed that generators were running again in the station, although the New York subways were set to run delayed into the afternoon.

The cause of the outage has not yet been made clear, though given the current geo-political climate it is not out of the question to suggest a cyber attack could be to blame. It has also been suggested that the current outages could be the result of a secretive nuclear/EMP drill by the federal government.

As we have previously reported, the entire national power grid has been mapped by adversaries of the United States and it is believed that sleep trojans or malware may exist within the computer systems that maintain the grid.

In a 2016 report it was noted that our entire way of life has been left vulnerable to saboteurs who could cause cascading blackouts across the United States for days or weeks at a time:

It isn’t just EMPs and natural disaster that poses a threat to the grid, but there is also the potential for attacks on individual power substations in the vast network of decentralized and largely unguarded power grid chain. A U.S. government study established that there would be “major, extended blackouts if more than three key substations were destroyed.”

Whether by criminals, looters, terrorists, gangs or pranksters, it would take very little to bring down the present system, and there is currently very little the system can do to protect against this wide open threat.

Whether the current outages are the result of a targeted infrastructure cyber attack or simply a coincidence, most Americans think the impossible can’t happen, as The Prepper’s Blueprint author Tess Pennington highlights, a grid-down scenario won’t just be a minor inconvenience if it goes on for more than a day or two:

Consider, for a moment, how drastically your life would change without the continuous flow of energy the grid delivers. While manageable during a short-term disaster, losing access to the following critical elements of our just-in-time society would wreak havoc on the system.

Challenges or shut downs of business commerce
Breakdown of our basic infrastructure: communications, mass transportation, supply chains
Inability to access money via atm machines
Payroll service interruptions
Interruptions in public facilities – schools, workplaces may close, and public gatherings.
Inability to have access to clean drinking water


As I just finished reading Deuteronomy, I'm thinking about how God warned His people that if they obeyed his commands and worshiped Him alone....he would continue to bless them.  BUT....if they rejected Him and started worshiping other false gods, He would totally destroy them.

Yes, I know that was a promise to Israel, BUT what about America?  We also have rejected God and ridiculed His Son, Jesus the Christ.  We also have thrown out our Bibles and refuse to heed the blessings and curses that are found within.  We also have spent more time worshiping the false gods of money, sports, electronics and why couldn't God decide to allow those false gods to be torn down and exposed for the worthless gods they are?

If he used the Babylonians to destroy Judah...why couldn't he use hackers to destroy our electric grid?

"But Dennis, I don't worship sports or any other false gods!"

Really?  In the last year how much time did you spend watching hockey, football, baseball and basketball?  How much did you pay for tickets to be entertained at their new stadiums?   How mad did you get when your favorite NFL team lost even though you were wearing their jersey while you screamed at the TV?  How many times did we allow sporting activities to interrupt our Sunday Sabbath?

And in comparison, how much time did you spend reading and studying your Bible?  How much money did you give to God's purposes?  How excited did you get as you contemplated the Gospel? How many times did you share the Gospel with the lost souls all around you?

I love this incriminating question, "If you were arrested for being a follower of Christ....would the police find enough evidence to convict you?"


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