WASHINGTON, D.C. – Christmas lights are always fun to look at. And water is always good to have around.
But what if someone turned off the lights and water everywhere?
Adm. Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command, told members of Congress that no lights and no water is a real possibility in the future of the United States.
Rogers says China and one or two other countries have the ability to launch a catastrophic hack attack that could take down the country’s power grids, water systems, and everything that relies on a computer to operate, like medical equipment.
And, he says it’s already started.
“And it is doing it in a meaningful way that is literally costing us hundreds of billions of dollars, that is leading to a reduced sense of security, and that has the potential to lead to some truly significant, almost catastrophic, failures if we don’t take action.”
Earlier this year, the Justice Department charged five Chinese military officers with hacking and cyber spying.
A recent study from the Pew Research Internet Project said we can expect a deadly cyber attack by the year 2025.
Experts say state-sponsored hacking is becoming more frequent, and they say future wars will be fought in cyber space, which probably means re-boots on the ground.