The country still doesn’t seem to be taking the cybersecurity, nuclear, biological and chemical weapons thing all that seriously, no matter how many times it’s brought up in Congress and on cable news. The many evil actors out there can tap into both government and civilian computer systems and terrorists have the ability to build or acquire a nuclear bomb.
ISIS has biological and chemical weapons and, according to the UN, they have the ability to build a nuclear bomb, Times of Israel reported.
A day before world leaders were set to convene for a summit to discuss the security of nuclear materials on March 27th, the head of the UN atomic watchdog warned that terrorists possess “the means, the knowledge and the information” to produce or acquire a nuclear bomb.
“Terrorism is spreading and the possibility of using nuclear material cannot be excluded,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano told AFP in an interview late Thursday.
“Member states need to have sustained interest in strengthening nuclear security,” he said. “The countries which do not recognize the danger of nuclear terrorism is the biggest problem.”
The black market does deal in nuclear material and some countries do legally sell it such as Iran, as a direct result of the nuclear deal. Biological warfare on our water supply would be ideal for terrorists
A little known attack on our water supply took place in upstate New York in 2013 but we didn’t hear about it until last December. Seven Iranians were finally indicted last week.
The Justice Department called it “a frightening new frontier of cyber crime” that targeted 46 major financial companies and gained control of water levels at the Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye Brook.
They were tied to Iran’s ruthless Islamic Revolutionary Guards and Iran-owned computer companies.
Iranians, the SOBH Cyber Jihad, hacked a dam outside of New York in 2013, according to a former official. The Wall Street Journal had reported it earlier in the week.
The hackers took credit when the Journal found out about it. The hackers claimed they kept quiet about the attack for two years because of a “state-level” warning not to go public with it “for the greater good.”
The hack of Bowman Avenue Dam near Rye Brook, New York, was a test by Iranian hackers to see what they could access. It happened at the same time Iranian hackers targeted US financial institutions.
The hack took control of the flood gates only, if we are to believe officials, and the incident remains classified.
“I think one of the great things here is that the federal government stepped in and stopped what could have been something bad from happening,” a dam official said. “We appreciate that, but it makes me wonder about what would be potentially next, and that makes me concerned. I think in this day and age all municipalities needs to look at our infrastructure and see where are our soft targets, where should we be prepared.”
U.S. susceptibility to an attack on its electrical grid or industrial control systems by terrorists or other nations has been a concern of security experts, lawmakers and academics alike.
Hackers are often able to use tools to scan the Internet for networks that are vulnerable, and generic software makes that even easier.
Software used across many different entities can often have the same weaknesses and may not be kept up to date, and users sometimes keep in place default passwords and settings for convenience.
New York lawmakers are aware of the serious problem and talk about it.
In 2014 alone, there were 245 cyber incidents in critical infrastructure facilities throughout the country. Many were due to employees clicking malicious emails.
Instead of enlarging our debt and our welfare state, the administration should consider strengthening security. We had an $800 billion stimulus and another mini-stimulus plus TARP that went primarily for part-time and temporary union jobs.
Most of the higher tech dams in the country are tied up in powering the electrical grid and it’s just one more avenue into causing a significant and potentially sustained power outage.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a warning saying that all it would really take to cripple the United States entirely would be for terrorist to destroy nine power grid substations and coordinate that with an attack on a single transformer manufacturer.
Doing something about it would take the massive big government and the private sector cooperating but the private sector can’t afford to do it on their own.
Then there are the EMPs. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP), also sometimes called a transient electromagnetic disturbance, is a short burst of electromagnetic energy. Weapons have been constructed that imitate EMPs and they can take down our entire grid, sending us back into the dark ages. It would be relatively inexpensive to prepare us for such an eventuality.
Iran is one of our many enemies working on EMP weapons. The Shield Act would deal with the problem of EMPs were it ever passed but it’s been batted about for three years without success.
The terror cell operating in Europe appears to be tied to the murder of a security guard at a nuclear power plant that was also the original target of the Brussels bomber. The guard’s security pass was stolen.
Read more about the EMPs on the link.