By Susan Duclos – All News PipeLine
With the latest Internet outage which took down websites from fast food joints like McDonald’s to Airlines such as Delta and others, to banks, stock exchanges and trading platforms, Fed Ex, phone services and the large grocery chain Cotsco, we look not to the individual company that takes the blame, nor the reason they gave for the outages, but rather the amount of times this has happened in just 2021 alone.
When these outages occur, from January 2021 to July 2021, they make the news, sometimes local, sometimes national, but always as separate news items.
Seeing them all together, the sheer numbers in just the first half of the year, we see either an Internet that is old and failing on a critical level, or a more ominous and systematic hit on our infrastructure as if testing the ability to just switch it all off at the same time, leaving America basically in the dark ages, since everything is now controlled by computers and the internet.
No less than 58 “notable” outages in 2021, not including the massive ransomware attacks that have shut down critical infrastructure, such as the colonial pipeline hack (gas), and nearly 50 against our healthcare sector.
Those are just the “notable” ones causing widespread outages, but according to the company Total Uptime, we see “There are hundreds of cloud and network provider outages every week, more than anyone ever realizes.”
We’re talking tens of millions of people effected for every “notable” outage, millions more with each ransomware attack, and hundreds or even thousands for the ones not listed under the “notable” label.
Then we have the assertion by Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, that cybersecurity attacks are “happening all the time.” When asked is foreign actors had the ability to shut it all down, her answer was “Yeah, they do.”
“Yeah, they do,” Granholm told host Jake Tapper when asked if foreign actors have the ability to make the power grid go dark.
“There are very malign actors who are trying, even as we speak,” she explained. “There are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector generally.”
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The media is always focusing more on “who” is behind the attacks or outages, rather than the effects to the audience they are supposed to be informing, or the ramifications of so many hack attacks, and Internet outages.
It is important to know the “who” for the government, but the more important aspect should be “how to prevent” it from happening again, then worry about the who.
If you wake up with no Internet, or worse, no power at all, with no way to know when, or if, it was coming back, the last thing that you will be worried about is “who did this,” in favor of preparing to utilize your preps in the best manner.
Losing your Internet could cause everything from phone systems to go down, to possibly losing the electric just because everything is dependent on the Internet these days.
The two are most definitely intertwined, the power and the Internet, which is yet another thing the media downplays to the point where when Americans think of outages, they almost never think that “this attack” might also take out the power.
This leaves million unprepared for the possibility and is one reason more Americans are not preppers.
I am not even going to describe the nightmare for those that thought getting “smart homes” would be a good idea.
Before moving on, below are a few links to items specific to prepping for an Internet, and/or power outage, hoping folks already have their food and water preps. (If not, there are food/meat links in a previous piece, here)
As always, I want to point out that once prepared for as much as you can prepare for, there is never a need to worry, or fear, because you are as ready as can be for whatever comes.
Prepare, live your life, and know that if something happens, you are capable of surviving it because you had the forethought to be ready.
POWER GRID DOWN
Power outage, especially a long term one, would be the hardest to deal with, so we’ll start with the need for generators, whether solar, or gas powered, having even a small one that is just big enough for the refrigerator and freezer and maybe a couple of lamps.
INTERNET OUTAGES/COMMUNICATIONS DOWN
These days we see companies that offer Internet, cable, and phone services, all in one package. Yet, should that service suffer an outage, whether long term or short term, the customer loses it all, their phone, cell, Internet and no TV!
Those getting all their services through just one service, could be left without any method of communication until the service gets fixed, if it can be fixed.
Having a means of communication could be the difference between life or death.
Example: Without knowing the cause of the Internet and/or power outage, one has no idea when or if their services will be restored, so having a means of getting the news, could literally be lifesaving, whether it is whether warnings, gang warnings, or a terror attack against America.
Ham radios for those prepared to offer that information to those left without the capability of getting news, and shortwave radios for those that just want to tune in and listen to what is going on across the country.
5-Way Powered Solar Hand Crank NOAA Weather Alert Radio,AM/FM Shortwave Survival Portable Outdoor Emergency Radio,2500mAh Rechargeable Battery Cellphone USB Charger, LED Camping Flashlight, SOS & Compass
When dealing with power outages, or a grid down scenario, a generator is only one item to utilize, but flashlights, maybe to read but nothing you want to waste your gas for your generator on, batteries, and lets not forget a fully stocked first aid kit.
Beginner preppers should always know that the last thing they want to do if there is a nationwide internet outage or grid down scenario, is to hop in the car and head to the store, or hospital, because chaos starts fast when the amenities Americans are so dependent on, are just gone in a blink of an eye.
I dread the thought of how Millennials or teenagers will act when they can’t have their thumbs moving a mile a minute on their smartphones and tablets.
Items For your Power Outage Kit:
Looking at all the cyber attacks, internet outages, warnings about foreign actors abilities to shut down our power grids, which would send us back to the dark agents as dependent as we are all on modern amenities, at least those prepared for life without either the Internet, or power, or both, have a far better chance of survival than those not prepared.
Prepping is more than just food, water and medicines.
While the video below is from May, the chart showing the overwhelming amount of attacks against the U.S. in comparison to other countries, is shocking.
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