Technology is not my thing; Iâ€™m fairly adept at operating my computer and my smartphoneâ€¦as long as they work the way theyâ€™re supposed to. But the minute thereâ€™s a problem, I need to call in the experts. As the regular readers of this blog know, I just recently rejoined the blogosphere. Happy to be back and proud of my pretty new blog, I should have known things were going too well.
Last week, as I went to put up a post, my virus alert went off, and I mean it went offâ€¦I have a system that literally blares out a loud alarm. I decided to pack it in for the night and try again the next day. When I booted up in the morning, there was a message from a friendly fellow blogger, telling me that when he went to read my blog, he received a warning that the site was corrupted. Now it was time to panic.
I called in my very smart, very nice â€œblog guruâ€: It has taken six days to get it all straightened out.
In the midst of this meltdown, my husband and I had dinner with some dear friends that we affectionately refer to as the â€œinternational clubâ€. For both business and pleasure, they spend much of their time traveling the world. They are well read, well informed, and very interested in politics.
When I regaled them with the tale of the cyber attack that had taken down my blog along with many other websites hosted on the corrupted server, the story brought forth a unanimous consensus from the group, and in the case of one member who is an international businessman, some inside knowledge, that the physical terrorist attack we all fear, is not the real threat: The true danger lies in the bad guys launching a massive cyber attack that shuts down power grids, ATM machines, Wall Streetâ€¦the list goes on, succeeding in paralyzing the country.
Apparently, this is not so far-fetched. Turns out that just two months ago, the U.S. government participated in a simulation complete with â€œoperations centerâ€ to deal with just such a cyber attack. I guess the good news is that theyâ€™re trying to be proactive. The bad news is such an operation is an indication of just how serious the threat must be.
Oh good, another thing to worry about. Well at least my blog is up and running againâ€¦for now.