Successful cyberattacks happen on an almost daily basis in the U.S. No industry is immune to being hacked. The electric grid is no exception. Without power, critical infrastructure, including telecommunications, sanitation, transportation, and healthcare shut down. A simultaneous attack on only nine substations could trigger a near nationwide power outage. Repair or replacement of damaged equipment could take weeks, months, or even years. Supermarket and pharmacy shelves go bare.
Emergency food supplies are exhausted. Cell phones, portable radios, and flashlights lose power. Drinking water becomes scarce. Generators run out of fuel. Modern medical care ceases to exist. Americans are thrust into a way of life that they are ill equipped to survive. There are no sufficient measures in place to help the U.S. avert or recover from this kind of disaster.