Last year, cyber expert P.W. Singer was asked to write the introduction to a big government report by a group called the Cybersecurity Solarium Commission. Instead of the usual bland summary, Singer produced a fictional account of what Washington, D.C., might look like in the aftermath of a devastating cyber attack.
“The water in the Potomac still has that red tint from when the treatment plants upstream were hacked, their automated systems tricked into flushing out the wrong mix of chemicals,” wrote Singer. “All around the Mall you can see the black smudges of the delivery drones and air taxis that were remotely hijacked to crash into crowds of innocents like fiery meteors.”
Of course, none of this actually happened. But when the report was released last March, Russian hackers were allegedly burrowing their way into the computer networks of U.S. government agencies and private companies.
The so-called SolarWinds hack was not discovered until December, and now President Biden’s…
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