Friday, July 28, 2017

Home users and small businesses may want to consider protecting their digital data storage from EMP attacks (which can be local)


I’ve mentioned this before, but I thought this is an opportune time to reinforce the idea that small business and home users need to rethink more their strategy in protecting their own data.
  
We’ve certainly heard a lot about novel ransomware attacks this spring, but for the most part home users and small businesses were not affected, because large businesses are more easily impersonated bt attackers (especially overseas).  But another danger is physical attack which could include knocking out the power grids and electronics.


The recoverability of power is a controversial topic, but the US certainly is vulnerable in its inability to replace transformers quickly (or even transport them).  But another issue is that EMP electromagnetic pulses (which don’t require nuclear blasts – there are microwave flux weapons, not well known, that can do this in smaller areas) can destroy electronics, including modern auto ignition systems and data on hard drives and thumb drives.  Furthermore, cloud backup services could be compromised.  No one has written much on how well major data storage services (or publishing platforms or hosting companies) can secure their facilities from electronic damage from pulse-type weapons. 

Users could consider making optical CD backups of critical data as well as building or acquiring special “Faraday” cage devices. CD backups were more popular a decade ago than they are now. 
  
The military has these today, and I suspect major financial institutions have them.  But little has been written yet my mainstream media sources.  It needs attention.  

The 2009 novel "One Second After" depicts the pileups on an Interstate in North Carolina when most car ignitions fail suddenly.  Frankly, there is suddenly more attention to this idea because of North Korea's threat, which James Woolsey says can be launched from a satellite today.

As far as I know, coronal mass ejections from solar storms do not cause this threat to devices, even though they can short out power grid transformers. .


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