Halloween is right around the corner, and many are seeking frights and scares in the name of the season. Retiring congressman Norm Dicks provided some chills last night in Bremerton, though his scary premonitions had nothing to do with the coming holiday.
As noted by the Associated Press, Dicks spoke to "technology leaders" last night in Bremerton and warned of America's vulnerability to a "cyber 9/11" or "electronic Pearl Harbor."
Given our country's growing (and already staggering) dependence on technology, Dicks' warnings, which according to the AP included the possibility of shut-down power grids, frozen money supplies, crippled transportation systems and imperiled nuclear plants, should be enough to make even those without a tendency toward paranoia toss and turn at night.
According to the AP:
Dicks said the nation needs more protections against a rogue attack on computer systems that could amount to a "cyber 9/11" or "electronic Pearl Harbor."
Dicks blamed his colleagues in Congress for concerns about privacy trumping the threat of cyber war. He says he hopes Congress acts before it's too late.
Off the top of my head, the only thing I can think of that's scarier than Dicks' warnings is a werewolf Bar Mitzvah.