Note: I often write threads and posts then close without posting as a thinking excersise and this was to be one of them. After reading it though I
thought "what the hell" and thought I'd put it out there to get some opinion. Some of you may think I'm nuts, pessimistic or wrong. That's fine,
but rather than tell me I am....please tell me why you think I am
As recent events have been unfolding it seems clear that many more cyber attacks along with Government and Authoritarian restrictions are going to
occur. Financial and political entities are being targeted daily, mainly in response to the Wikileaks issue.
IF they are hit by many more of these cyber attacks and it causes a serious problem that interferes with any kind of internet based business, what are
they going to do in reaction?
Cash machines could be taken out of service, records would not be accessible and tellers will not be able to operate, online banking wouldn't be
functioning and it all grinds to a halt. Without the ability to keep records, would a bank even give cash over the counter?
Small businesses who use and often depend on things like paypal, credit card transfers and direct transfers are going to suffer big time but it could
also prevent employers from paying salaries that would normally have been done using digital methods. Recent problems with one of the major banks in
Australia have already occured and things got real bad. ATS Thread: Major Australian Bank In
Electronic Payment Meltdown.
(A test perhaps?)
Another thing to maybe bear in mind is that if these attacks continue, what's to stop that big finger hitting the internet's OFF button in an
attempt by the victims to minimise damage? I'd like to think that would be a last resort because big business needs it to help rake in their billions
but who knows.
At the end of the day, things could get crazy and current popular payment systems could maybe grind to a stop.
Is this why precious metals have become so popular. Is this all part of a well crafted plan and those who are believed to be the attackers (or
connected to Wikileaks) actually TPTB? I recon THEY have most of the precious metals don't you?
Cash currently has limitations, especially now so many people are familiar with, limited to and indoctrinated into using plastic and virtual money at
the push of a button, but cash is REAL and I'm sure people would be glad to use it if there was no option. The convenience of the digital age of
finance has created apathy and a detatchment towards cost, would a return to a cash only environment bring back some of the "worth" and "value"
that people have lost?
I keep finding SO many questions...I don't expect answers but if anyone can add some perspective here, you guys and girls can.
If cash was the only option, how long would it last before crime and civil unrest might become a necessity, would those with the gold and silver
locked away have control or would that too be useless? I read about people buying precious metals but how much of that is "real" and how much is
just more numbers in a computer somewhere also untouchable if the systems were down?
And how smart are these hackers really? I hope they have the foresight and coordination to see what the results of their actions may be well before
they take them. Taking down the paypal blog was one thing and commendable, but if someone took down paypal itself then that has much larger
ramifications and affects far more people on a more realistic day to day basis. People who deserve their rewards.
I guess I started this thread to offer a reminder to people to be ready if we reach any kind of digital SHTF scenario and to keep some cash under the
matress that would normally be sitting in a bank account making someone else money, pots of fuel in the garage rather than stuck in a turned off
petrol pump, food supplies bought and paid for in the pantry instead of rationed behind security guarded doors in a supermarket and anything and
everything else you can think of. It may not get you far, but it would get you further than Joe Bloggs with his worthless credit card, paypal balance
and online assets sat in his driveway going nowhere and wondering "where's my dinner?".
I also think it would be good to let TPTB know that we don't depend on them 100% for everything and that they cannot just leave us hanging as a
result of them opening their big mouths and then having someone ram a virtual fist down their throats because they deserve it. Acting against the
things most of us cherish on this little ball of dirt is selfish, freedom is life support, if the plug gets pulled let's keep the "bips" going.
And if anyone from "annonymous" is reading this, go ahead....Hack the world
...I for one support you, but make it "their" world, not
Thanks for reading.
ps....being broke I don't have much to lose, but to all those who do..."keep it hidden, keep it safe".