The following is an excerpt from David Zielenziger | October 14, 2012 | Ibtimes.com |
Last week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned of a possible “cyber-Pearl Harbor” unless there’s greater security in the nation’s computer networks.
It’s not just networks that could be attacked, Panetta said, but the whole interlocking grid of power companies, transportation, finance and government systems.
“An aggressor nation or extremist group could use these kinds of cyber tools to gain control of critical switches,” Panetta said. “They could derail passenger trains, or even more dangerous, derail passenger trains loaded with lethal chemicals. They could contaminate the water supply in major cities, or shut down the power grid across large parts of the country.”
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