“Almost everything predicted during that [Event 201] simulation has now actually happened, except for one thing: an Internet blackout.”
by Brian Shilhavy — Editor, Health Impact News
Abridged by henrymakow.com
Millions of people around the world got a very small taste of what can happen when technology fails on Monday when most of the Google network went down, and people could not access their Gmail email accounts, YouTube videos, and many other Google services.
For those who rely upon Google for home devices, it was a sobering wake-up call.
Early Monday morning, Joe Brown walked into his daughter’s room and delivered his usual greeting, “Hey, Google, turn on the lights.” He owns a Google smart speaker that lets him control the lights with his voice, and which, “when you’re holding a kid with a bottle or a diaper full of crap, is usually pretty good,” he said.
But that morning, nothing happened. With the lights out, Brown grabbed a lantern. Cradling his daughter in one hand and his phone in the other, he tweeted: “I’m sitting here in the dark in my toddler’s room because the light is controlled by @Google Home. Rethinking… a lot right now.”
Brown was in the dark because Alphabet Inc.’s Google had suffered a widespread outage, bricking not only internet staples like Gmail and YouTube but an array of home devices that increasingly rely on the largest technology platforms. Elsewhere, a London technologist reported his alarm at being unable to use his Nest thermostat, a Google product. “It’s when Google is down and you can’t heat your home that you realize how scarily reliant you are on Google,” he wrote. (Source.)
These events happened in the midst of several reported cyber hacks among other technology companies, including the Pentagon servers yesterday, Tuesday, December 15th.
Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit reported: “The Pentagon imposed an emergency shutdown of computer network handling classified material on Tuesday.
This follows the rare Emergency Directive 21-01 on Sunday night by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in response to a KNOWN COMPROMISE involving SolarWinds Orion products.
Sunday night’s directive was only the fifth Emergency Directive issued by CISA under the authorities granted by Congress in the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.
According to Just the News the Pentagon has imposed an emergency shutdown of its Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, which handles classified information up to the secret level.
One official said,”This has never happened in the middle of a work day.”…