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National Geographic's American Blackout Is The Next Big Doomsday Movie (Video)
Posted by Steve the Web Guy on October 24 2013
National Geographic's American Blackout Is The Next Big Doomsday Movie (Video)
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:

On Cyberattacks:

· 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.

On Blackouts:

· 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.
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