Ron Rhodes is the president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries. He is an author of over 60 books and regularly speaks at conferences and in the national media. He joined Jim on this edition of Crosstalk to discuss his book, “Cyber Meltdown: Bible Prophecy and the Imminent Threat of Cyber Terrorism”.
Imagine if the computer related networks controlling the Department of Defense, the Pentagon, our dams, chemical plants, the aviation industry, traffic lights, gas pipelines, subway transportation systems, freight and passenger rail as well as the electrical grid, all went down.
Our nation’s leaders are concerned about this possibility as Jim verified by presenting a recent quote from U.S Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Secretary Panetta testified during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense warning that America faces the potential for another “Pearl Harbor”. This new “Pearl Harbor” could be launched by enemies who have the capability to wield a cyber attack that would paralyze our nation.
The attacks are more common than you might think. For example, Ron pointed out that the U.S. Senate is subjected to 1.8 billion security events each month. There are 13.9 million computer attacks launched each day against the Senate Security Operations Center.
Cyber attacks, however, are not limited to attacks on our government. Ron describes how cyber technology continues to have ramifications for your personal privacy, how it appears to be shaping a cashless society, and how these and other factors fit into Bible prophecy.