Is President Obama a prepper? Maybe not, but he did issue a “doomsday” alert during recent fundraising stops in New York City – and referenced it during the State of the Union.
The president told a room full of wealthy celebrities and Wall Street types about a looming doomsday scenario involving cyber terrorism which could take down the United States economy.
“The president is worried that cyber criminals could literally wipe out the identities of millions of people through some breach of government systems and that could lead to massive chaos,” an unidentified person told Fox News.
Obama told the gathering that cyber terrorism is one of the biggest threats to national security and that the government indeed is preparing for a “doomsday” scenario. The crisis would involve cyber criminals penetrating government systems and major banks.
He said it “would take Bonnie and Clyde a thousand years to do what three people in a room with a server can now do,” the person said. Obama also expressed fear that hackers could “take down the banking system” – essentially wiping out accounts and potentially leaving millions of Americans penniless overnight.
“He said 15 years ago, cyber terrorism wasn’t even on the radar screen, but that it will be one the biggest concerns for whoever is president after him,” the person told Fox News.
Obama’s speech to the closed meeting wasn’t recorded, but he did reference the threat in his State of the Union speech Tuesday.
“No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids,” Obama told the nation. “We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism. And tonight, I urge this Congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s information. If we don’t act, we’ll leave our nation and our economy vulnerable. If we do, we can continue to protect the technologies that have unleashed untold opportunities for people around the globe.”
Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano once stated that a cyber-attack was a matter of “when” not “if.”
“Our country will, at some point, face a major cyber event that will have a serious effect on our lives, our economy and the everyday functioning of our society,” he said. “While we have built systems, protections and a framework to identify attacks and intrusions, share information with the private sector and across government, and develop plans and capabilities to mitigate the damage, more must be done, and quickly.
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