U.S. homeland chief: cyber 9/11 could happen "imminently"
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned on Thursday that a major cyber attack is a looming threat and could have
the same sort of impact as last year's Superstorm Sandy, which knocked out electricity in a large swathe of the Northeast.
Napolitano said a "cyber 9/11" could happen "imminently" and that critical infrastructure - including water, electricity and gas - was very
vulnerable to such a strike.
"We shouldn't wait until there is a 9/11 in the cyber world. There are things we can and should be doing right now that, if not prevent, would
mitigate the extent of damage," said Napolitano, speaking at the Wilson Center think tank in Washington and referring to the September 11, 2001,
All the pieces are falling into place. The precursors and warning signs are all over. They've been wanting to expand their control over the internet
They hate the fact that the public's views are becoming increasingly 'alternative' to those sanctioned by mainstream television media, since the
advent of the internet.
They hate the fact that information is flowing freely, and the greedy are making less $$$ from the distribution of information.
They hate the open source movement.
They hate internet freedom activists like Swartz.
They hate whistle-blowers / truth activists like Assange.
They hate anonymity.
They hate the fact that they have been unsuccessful in ramming things like SOPA down our throats, and in fact have been largely unsuccessful on the
majority of these fronts.
So, time to turn to their old standby once again? Crisis-reaction-solution? Never let a good crisis go to waste, isn't that what you said Rahm?
The only question remaining is, who will be the patsy? "Anonymous"? Are they the new Emmanuel Goldstein now that Bin Laden and Al Qaeda are gone? Or
will it be China? They've been beating the drums for cyber-war with China for a while now.