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The United States must prepare for a full-scale cyber attack that could cause death and destruction across the country within 15 minutes, a former anti-terrorism official has warned.
In part, the U.S. has been hampered by the success of the Internet and expansion of computerized networks, which have led to a hazardous degree of over-dependence.
Originally posted by drkid
I highly doubt any terrorist group would organize the murder of thousands of innocent people for self pleasure. There is NOTHING out there that can convince another human being to murder on a mass scale. If this is possible, you are no longer dealing with a human being or a serial killer, you are dealing with an evil spirit trapped inside of a human body.
Originally posted by WaxPineapple
reply to post by OrionHunterX
I'm sorry, but what?
The US and Russia (maybe china to) has large stashes of Nuclear Warheads, on top of nuclear defense protocols.
A terrorist organization with one, will be the target of every country in the world that they're not allied with, they wouldn't be able to blackmail a dead kitten, much less huge superpower nations.
They wouldn't be able to blackmail a dead kitten, much less huge superpower nations.
Obama: Al-Qaida would use nuke if it could; terrorist access ‘biggest threat’ to security.
If Al-Qaida acquired nuclear weapons it “would have no compunction at using them,” President Barack Obama said on the eve of a summit aimed at discussing ways to secure the world’s nuclear stockpile.
“The single biggest threat to U.S. security, both short-term, medium-term and long-term, would be the possibility of a terrorist organization obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Obama said. “This is something that could change the security landscape in this country and around the world for years to come.”
“If there was ever a detonation in New York City, or London, or Johannesburg, the ramifications economically, politically and from a security perspective would be devastating,” the president said.
Cool your jets.
...You can't bomb a country into the stone age just because a rag tag circus of militants are holed up there. And then again you're not sure if they are! Unless of course you're dead sure about the complicity of a particular nation in providing the wherewithal to the terrorist organization.
Computer hackers in China, including those working on behalf of the Chinese government and military, have penetrated deeply into the information systems of U.S. companies and government agencies, stolen proprietary information from American executives in advance of their business meetings in China, and, in a few cases, gained access to electric power plants in the United States, possibly triggering two recent and widespread blackouts in Florida and the Northeast, according to U.S. government officials and computer-security experts.
Originally posted by ROBL240
A small nuke would have the Ground-Zero radius of a few miles, anything within 10 would be obliterated by the radiant heat and blast-wave, outside of that depending on wind vectors there's contaminate of Radioactivity.
Now take into account that same nuke could be a Mesosphere airburst, this would be enough to warrant any electrical circuit inoperable of a 1000 mile radius. You would disable Defense systems, hospitals, communications, basically anything and everything that relies on a electrical current for operability.
Originally posted by Jakes51
reply to post by ROBL240
Yes, I was not even considering the effects of an EMP. It would be just as devastating as cyber-attack, but in the event of an EMP attack, everyone knows what the response would be. That is something I would not want to experience, and I am sure neither the Russians or the Chinese.
The chances of anyone hacking any governmental databases, without passwords, is slim to none. Not only are you probably going to get disconnected the instant you connect to something important without clearances, but homeland security is going to be knocking at your door probably about 15 minutes later.