The Gathering Cyberstorm: A New Threat to Freedom and Civilization

The Gathering Cyberstorm: A New Threat to Freedom and Civilization

Today, a gathering storm threatens freedom and the survival of civilization: cyberwarfare.

An article by Newt Gingrich on CNN.com explains the threat of cyberwarfare and its catastrophic effects.

See below for an excerpt of the article or click here for the full article.

Terrorists and rogue states are making cyberattacks on a daily basis, using computer bugs to probe defenses of U.S. critical infrastructures. The most important critical infrastructure is the electric power grid. Electricity runs and makes possible the operation of all the other critical infrastructures — communications, transportation, banking and finance, food and water — that sustain modern civilization and the lives of millions.

The biggest cyberthreat is from electromagnetic pulse, which in the military doctrines of potential adversaries would be part of an all-out cyberwar.  A nuclear missile, perhaps launched from a freighter, detonated at high altitude over the U.S. could black out the national grid for months or years, killing an estimated 90% of Americans by starvation, disease and societal collapse.  (And there is also a natural threat: The sun could inflict a worldwide natural EMP catastrophe with a solar flare that generates a rare geomagnetic superstorm, like the 1859 Carrington Event. Such a storm could collapse electric grids everywhere on Earth, endangering billions.)

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