This has been known for decades and they have had the capability for decades. They being China and Russia. Iran is the only new variable and phenomenon. Chinese chips are used in virtually almost everthing in the United States from home PCs to military fighter jets, ICBM and missile defense networks, and even Pentagon computer networks. When the US has disarmed enough or whenever the Sino-Soviet axis decides it’s tired of the US money printing, they could likely shut down the country with manchurian chips whenever they please.
Studies have shown that this could effectively kill upwards of 100 million Americans as vital infrastructure shuts down or becomes tainted. This includes hospitals, food processing plants, water systems or even pharamaceutical manufacturers that produce medications for the sick and elderly. The nation would be in a full blown crisis.
The warning decades later is scarier than the threat itself. How blind and how far behind is the intelligence community?
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Thursday that the United States was facing the possibility of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor” and was increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation’s power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government.
In a speech at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York, Mr. Panetta painted a dire picture of how such an attack on the United States might unfold. He said he was reacting to increasing aggressiveness and technological advances by the nation’s adversaries, which officials identified as China, Russia, Iran and militant groups.
“An aggressor nation or extremist group could use these kinds of cyber tools to gain control of critical switches,” Mr. Panetta said. “They could derail passenger trains, or even more dangerous, derail passenger trains loaded with lethal chemicals. They could contaminate the water supply in major cities, or shut down the power grid across large parts of the country.”
Full article: Panetta Warns of Dire Threat of Cyberattack on U.S. (NY Times)