For years, the idea that hackers could take down a large, regional power grid has been only a theoretical threat to national security. But no more...
Now, it has been confirmed that malicious code installed by hackers took down a large, regional power grid in Ukraine, plunging 700,000 homes and businesses into darkness.
If this can happen in the Ukraine, it can probably also happen in the United States. Imagine a large city like New York having its power supply cut off... or imagine nearly 50 million Americans who depend on food stamps suddenly having no more access to free government money or electronic transactions to buy food.
Ted Koppel's recent book "Lights Out" examined precisely this scenario, and he concluded that the United States is woefully unprepared for any regional power grid failure. In fact, there isn't even enough food stored in the Northeast by FEMA to feed the population of New York a single meal!
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