It’s coming and it’s coming soon. Expect a Zero Day attack any day now.
The cyber war between Russia and the West has its frontline in Germany, but the US is next. Our antiquated infrastructure has no defense against cyber attacks from the Russian’s advanced cyberwarfare units. In fact, the hacks don’t even have to be official. Putin has given indemnity to all Russians who hack US properties. We are also under threat from China, and ISIS, the Syrian Electronic Army, the Iranian Cyber Army or North Korea’s cyber military arms ‘Bureau 121’ and ‘No. 91 Office’. And we’re not talking about viruses that play ‘Angry Birds’ – new hacking is sophisticated enough to turn our own infrastructure against us. It’s called “weaponizing” and our transport system, communications network and power grid are already hacked and likely primed for take over.
Imagine a hacker can plant a virus that will cut our power or explode a power plant. Or divert our planes in midair or crash them into targets. Or our military or NASA drones are reprogrammed to fly into planes or key infrastructure. Or our hospitals have their power cut in a terrorist attack. Or emergency vehicles are stalled in the street unable to rescue people in need. Or terrorists shut down government and demand a ransom to start it up again. These are all highly likely outcomes of a Zero Day attack.
A Zero Day attack comes when the computer malware lies undetected on a computer. They go unspotted by anti-virus software which only kick in once the problem has been set in motion. There is only one type of software that could save us. This technology is retroactive and 100% safe, but the US government is ignoring it. (See the video.)
Read the Reuters article below. Germany knows that the Russians want to shut them down, so they are telling their citizens to prepare for it. Note that the Merkel government does not expect a military attack. Russia’s materiel is falling apart, they are not equipped for conventional war, their new battlefield is level. Berlin is warning against a non-specific threat. Experts know this refers to a cyber attack. Germany recognizes that they are in the crosshairs of a new-style asymmetrical war where guns and tanks will be stopped by smart computer coders.
And we’re next.
BERLIN (Reuters) – For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government plans to tell citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday.
Germany is currently on high alert after two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a mentally unstable teenager last month. Berlin announced measures earlier this month to spend considerably more on its police and security forces and to create a special unit to counter cyber crime and terrorism.
“The population will be obliged to hold an individual supply of food for ten days,” the newspaper quoted the government’s “Concept for Civil Defence” – which has been prepared by the Interior Ministry – as saying.
The paper said a parliamentary committee had originally commissioned the civil defense strategy in 2012.
A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said the plan would be discussed by the cabinet on Wednesday and presented by the minister that afternoon. He declined to give any details on the content.
People will be required to stockpile enough drinking water to last for five days, according to the plan, the paper said.
The 69-page report does not see an attack on Germany’s territory, which would require a conventional style of national defense, as likely.
However, the precautionary measures demand that people “prepare appropriately for a development that could threaten our existence and cannot be categorically ruled out in the future,” the paper cited the report as saying.
It also mentions the necessity of a reliable alarm system, better structural protection of buildings and more capacity in the health system, the paper said.
A further priority should be more support of the armed forces by civilians, it added.
Germany’s Defence Minister said earlier this month the country lay in the “crosshairs of terrorism” and pressed for plans for the military to train more closely with police in preparing for potential large-scale militant attacks.
(Writing by Caroline Copley; Editing by Andrew Bolton)