IOT from a "threats to infrastructure" perspective
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IOT from a "threats to infrastructure" perspective

IOT from a "threats to infrastructure" perspective


Published: January 7, 2017 0 0 588
By: Shawn Barnes, Cal State San Marcos
Category: Internet
Hashtags: #ResearchAnalysis #worddocument

Internet of Things:

The New Tower of Babel the Construction of the Power Grid

Much talk has been circulating on the techno-blogosphere surrounding the Internet of Things, with fears ranging from the artificial intelligence of machines becoming smarter than humans or even the ability of a hacker to launch a DDoS attack from any household device with a sensor chip.

However, what if I told you there is a much darker doomsday lurking much closer to home. What am I alluding to is, what if all the power went out?

The most critical resource that would have the biggest impact on our society and economy if it were compromised would be the power grid. A compromise of the power grid can only happen three ways: 1. Hackers taking over critical control systems of the power grid such as the generators and transformers. 2. Natural Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) such as a solar flare can upset the earth’s magnetic field and destroy long distance transmission lines and even transformers that are necessary for the grid to operate. 3. Man-man Nuclear EMP such as an electromagnetic pulse caused by a nuclear weapon powerful enough to disrupt the magnetic field and wipe out all electronic circuitry devices in the United States.

Nations like China, Russia, Iran, Syria and North Korea have the technological know-how to damage the power grid and could do so during a time of war. And with encryption, it would be nearly impossible to know whether or not an attack is government-sponsored because of the difficulty in tracking true identities in cyberspace.

Solar flares from the sun will fry our electronic devices. The U.S. is a technology society whether it is our internet, telecommunication networks, we have a very critical infrastructure all dependent upon electronics, on the national electrical grid system. When the electricity goes out the water goes out, the sewer system goes out, which then creates the domino effect.

A human-made EMP caused from exploding nuclear weapons high above the earth atmosphere is, even more, dangerous for an economy dependent on computers and electronics because of its mass range ability to fry any electronic circuitry. What happens is the nuclear weapon releases gamma rays that spray downward, and when they hit the earth’s atmosphere, they upset the atoms in the atmosphere by knocking off the electrons of the atom’s, which creates a strong, fast electromagnetic pulse far worse than a natural EMP.


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