I was intrigued and somewhat alarmed to readÂ this news story today. It says enemy agents/computer hackers have embedded code into several infrastructure systems in the U.S. â€”Â most notablyÂ the power grid â€”Â that could potentially disrupt service or damage equipment.
To date,Â there have been no disruptions of power attributed toÂ the rogue software, or failures of other infrastructure systems attributedÂ to cyber-terrorist measures, and President Obama has started a 60-day review of all the nation’s efforts at cybersecurity (to be completed by April 17), but it doesn’t take much to see the trouble something like this could cause.
WouldÂ an infrastructure attack of this type, were it to occur,Â cause the same visceral reaction in you that say terrorists blowing up a building would? Why/why not? And would you be prepared for an infrastructure failure of “Y2K” proportions?