National Geographic is releasing a movie that is designed to scare the hell out of you! It's called American Blackout and it's the story of a massive blackout in the United States caused by a cyber attack on the power grid.
This isn't that far fetched when you think about it, in 2003 the United States and Canada experienced a massive blackout
in the North East that affected an estimated 10 million people in Ontario and 45 million people in eight U.S. states. However, that blackout wasn't caused by a cyber attack, it was a software bug combined with agging equipment that caused the problem.
Check out the trailer for American Blackout below:
To go along with the film, Nat Geo released a survey of Americans asked about their thoughts on cyber attacks, blackouts, and catastrophes in general. You can check out some of key findings below:
· More than three in four (77%) Americans believe the U.S. is likely to be hit by a catastrophic cyberattack during their lifetime.
· More than one-third (34%) thinks a catastrophic cyberattack could impact the nation by 2038.
· Most American would point their fingers first at China as the culprit (36%), followed by North Korea (27%).
· More than half of the nation (55%) thinks the U.S. is ill-equipped to defend against a potentially disastrous cyberattack.
· If the lights do go out, praying will be more top of mind than sex.
· Almost one-third (32%) of Americans think the U.S. is likely to experience a significant blackout within the next 25 years.
· When it happens, most (46%) would first search for a flashlight, but a quarter (25%) would immediately pray. Only 5 percent would have sex!
· Sixty-eight percent would prefer to be home during a catastrophic blackout, rather than somewhere possibly safer like a bomb shelter (5%) or police station (1%).
· More Americans would most want to have a radio (25%) or a flashlight (25%) over a charged cell phone (20%), gun (20%) or can opener (10%) during a blackout.
· Electric heat or air conditioner (25%) and Internet (24%) top the list of appliances or technology Americans would miss most during a catastrophic blackout. Far fewer say this about a phone (13%) or TV (13%).
On General Catastrophes:
· Far more Americans (57%) would most rely on their family, friends or neighbors for help over FEMA or a government agency (14%) in a catastrophe.
· Slightly more respondents (53%) said that the Republican Party would have more survivors over Democrats (47%) if the country experienced a major catastrophe.
The survey of more than 1,100 American men and women ages 18 and over was conducted online from September 27 to October 2, 2013 with a 2.9 percent margin of error.