80 Percent Chance Of Cyberattack, Mass Starvation In The US — New Ted Koppel Book

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
By Paul Martin

Nov. 4, 2015

The American electrical power grid is highly vulnerable to a devastating cyberattack and the United States government has no plan for dealing with such a catastrophe, famed TV newsman Ted Koppel says.

Koppel thinks the danger of such an attack is so great that he has written a book about it calledLights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath.

Koppel is best known for serving as anchor of the ABC program Nightline from 1980 to 2005.

“What we have never had is a cyberattack that amounts to a weapon of mass destruction,” Koppel toldPBS’s News Hour. “And my point is that, if someone succeeds in taking down one of our power grids — and the Russians and the Chinese can do it and maybe the Iranians and the North Koreans — it would be devastating.”

Experts interviewed by Koppel believe it is not a matter of “if,” but “when.” The grid would not be down days but weeks or months, Koppel says.

Koppel started researching cyberattacks and the power grid in 2013 after President Obama mentioned such a scenario in a State of the Union Address. After intensive research that involved discussions with four former Secretaries of Homeland Security and four former Secretaries of Defense, Koppel concluded that such an attack is likely and the US government is completely unprepared for such a cataclysm.

Some of Koppel’s disturbing revelations include:

Many of our nation’s leaders believe that such an attack is inevitable.

“When I spoke to Janet Napolitano just after she left as secretary of Homeland Security — and she had been on the job for five years — I said to her, what do you think the chances are of a cyber-attack on the power grid? She said very, very high, 80 to 90 percent,” Koppel told PBS.

Koppel said that the current secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, admitted to him that there is no federal strategy for dealing with a cyberattack on the grid.

Such an attack could lead to mass starvation.

Koppel says that all Americans should follow the lead of the Mormons and prepare for the worst.

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