When you think about “The End of the World” most people imagine a nuclear holocaust. But when you think about it nuclear weapons are (except for fallout) still a local event. A real apocalypse might look more like Y2K than a bomb blast.
From what we know the NSA has back door access into Apple, Microsoft, and Google. What kind of access we don’t know, but let us assume it is similar to what they did about 7 years ago to AT&T. They had a secret room at Fulsom St. in San Francisco and the AT&T engineers had no control and no access to a room full of NSA equipment that had direct access to everything AT&T could do.
Microsoft is the source of the operating system for Windows and Windows cell phones. Apple controls the OS for Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Google controls the Chrome OS, Chrome Browser, and Android cell phones. The companies regularly push operating system upgrades and security updates to users on a regular basis.
Imagine however that the NSA has access to these updates at the source and has the ability to alter these update in order to install some sort of spyware on your phone, tablet, or computer. The software could turn on your camera or microphone remotely, read all your private data, or erase everything and brick your phone or computer.
Scary huh? Not yet!
Now – suppose that someone hacks the NSA computer and they create something similar to the Stuxnet virus (the one that attacked the Iranian nuclear program by destroying their centrifuges) and supposed they pushed this virus out to all Microsoft, Apple, and Google controlled devices. And the virus just sat there for months or years waiting to activate. No one would know because it would be part of the operating system and it would be installed from trusted sources.
Then – all of a sudden it happens and the virus wakes up on all these computers at the same time. The first thing it does it go out and find the backups and delete everything. Then it does a security wipe on all the hard drives. It then reflashes the boot roms and then it turns off the CPU fan and goes into a loop generating as much heat as possible until the processor burns up.
Within hours 25 to 60 percent of the computers on the planet are burned up and their drives and backups are wiped clean. The Internet goes down completely. The phone systems go down. Cell systems go down. And the power grid fails. The lights go off. The air conditioning goes off. No gas, no food, no water. Within a week your either a cannibal, or a cannibal is eating your brains.
And who could do such a thing? Some 15 year old genius hacker who is being picked on a school and is ready to get revenge on the world.
Snowden just proved that the NSA computers aren’t secure. Anything the NSA can do anyone who hacks the NSA can do. The NSA has created a single point of failure where a pissed off 15 year old or a crazy terrorist group could take out civilization as we know it.
Ahhh – if only I were 15 years old again. I could RULE THE WORLD!