Friday, January 25, 2008

What if Islamic Hackers Turned Out the Lights in America?

Hackers put out the lights in several cities recently, all of them outside America. Utilities engineers learned this from a senior CIA analyst, Tom Donahue, at a trade conference.

Last March, the "Aurora Generator Test" showed that a hole in software used by American utilities could let a hacker destroy a large electrical generator, creating a fireworks display in the process. That particular hole has been patched, but there could be others.

And, it's possible that Islamic terrorists will cut power in American cities.

If they do, the jihadists may do an unintended favor for those people who are upset about Muslim communities having babies faster than their non-Muslim neighbors.

The Great Northeast Blackout of 1965, and others in 1977 and 2003, resulted in millions of people having time on their hands, with no electronic distractions. I understand that there was a distinct spike in the birthrate in blacked-out areas, nine months after the outages.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.