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U.S. Urged to Rapidly Prepare for Electromagnetic Pulse Attack

World War II-style Manhattan Project needed for electric infrastructure protection.

reports:The United States is vulnerable to a devastating electromagnetic pulse event caused by a high-altitude nuclear blast or solar superstorm, according to a recently published book.

Peter Pry, a former CIA analyst and author of the book EMP Manhattan Project, is urging the government to rapidly harden the U.S. electric power system against EMP similar to the three-year crash program to build the first atomic bomb in 1942.”Today the United States and the world faces another existential threat—from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) catastrophe that can be caused by nature or man, and topple the technological pillars of modern electronic civilization,” said Pry, who served on a congressional EMP commission in the early 2000s.

The book contains fresh assessments of the EMP threat produced by a more recent congressional commission last year that concluded the United States would suffer millions of deaths from a major EMP incident.

EMP was discovered in the 1960s during above-ground nuclear tests. The tests showed a nuclear blast created a pulse capable of disrupting or destroying electronic devices over large areas, in some cases over 1,000 miles away.

The latest EMP commission found the United States is confronted with “a present and continuing existential threat from naturally occurring and manmade electromagnetic pulse assault and related attacks on military and critical national infrastructures.”

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An EMP event would produce an electric power outage over large areas of the country that could last for a year or longer.

Emergency systems, such as generators, also are vulnerable to damage from EMP.

EMP events would disable critical supply chains and plunge the entire country into living conditions similar to those of centuries ago prior the use of electric power.

“An extended blackout today could result in the death of a large fraction of the American people through the effects of societal collapse, disease, and starvation,” the commission stated in its July 2017 report. “While national planning and preparation for such events could help mitigate the damage, few such actions are currently underway or even being contemplated.”

William R. Graham, former head of the EMP commission, stated in a preface to the book that a nationwide electrical blackout of one year “could kill millions, perhaps prove fatal to most Americans, by starvation, disease, and societal collapse.”

“EMP is a civilization killer,” Graham said.

The book warns that China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran are preparing to use EMP attacks combined with traditional military strikes and new cyber attacks in future conflicts.

The threat was highlighted by North Korea’s announcement in state-run media in September 2017 that the country’s thermonuclear device could be detonated at high altitude and produce “great destructive power … for superpowerful EMP attack.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Washington Post, New York Times, Twitter, WSJ: Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

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Updated, 3:15 p.m. ET: The Washington Post and CNN confirmed that they were affected by a Syrian Electronic Army hacking attack on a third-party content provider that they use.

Early Thursday, the Post published this editor’s note: Read the rest of this entry »


Who’s Behind the “Biggest Cyberattack” in China’s History

Amid the Bo Xilai trial and a US-China spat, a number of potential culprits could be behind the DDoS attack.

By Tyler Roney

Image credit:flickr/Tricia Wang 王圣捷

Image credit:flickr/Tricia Wang 王圣捷

In what is being called the “biggest cyberattack in its history”, China’s internet was brought down by widespread distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Sunday.

In what is being called the “biggest cyberattack in its history”, China’s internet was brought down by widespread distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Sunday.

As The Wall Street Journal reported, no one is quite sure where the attacks came from, but the timing is certainly interesting from a number of standpoints. Furthermore, some reports are saying that the attack was so simple that it could have involved hundreds of hackers or a single individual with a really big botnet.

Regardless of whether it was angry “internet freedom” hackers or domestic showboaters, people will be keen to find out who took down the Middle Kingdom’s Internet during the controversial Bo Xilai trial.

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