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We have been talking a lot lately about the overall risk to the power grid posed by rogue states like North Korea, as well as by non-state actors like the Islamic State. Much of the discussion has centered on electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, attacks, as the source of perhaps the most dramatic form of a widespread compromise to the power grid, but the fact is that the grid is vulnerable from a wide variety of threats…and now we have learned of one more.

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According to two researchers who presented their findings recently at the Kapersky Security Analyst Summit, the energy-saving (and money-saving) devices that many utilities customers now opt to have installed on their air conditioning units by their providers, devices which allow the energy companies to remotely regulate air conditioner use during periods of peak demand, can be accessed and manipulated by hackers. The threat is that a mass hack of cooling systems in this way can allow the nefarious group responsible to create a surge that, in turn, causes a blackout.

The reason these devices are so vulnerable to hacks is because the signals used by the energy companies to control them are unencrypted, and no authentication is used to prevent outside parties from communicating with the systems. This means any group that simply generates a stronger signal than that used by the energy company…can control the air conditioning units through these devices.

I’ve written before about the Alive After the Fall digital information package, and I’m doing so again in the wake of this latest revelation about just how vulnerable we are to threats to the power grid. While the basis of Alive After the Fall is the author's premise of (what he believes to be a Scripturally-foretold) electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack that can plunge an affected area into darkness, and the practical steps you can take to make it through the event should it strike the area in which you live, the manual also dispenses a lot of additional, terrific information that pertains to persisting through a distressed environment, more generally; information on subjects like proper food storage, methods of water purification, which plants are edible (with photographs), how to make your own solar-powered cooking device, bugging out, alternative forms of transportation in a post-EMP environment, and much, much more.

This said, as great as the information is that’s contained in the actual Alive After the Fall ebook, that is only one part of the total package; anyone who purchases Alive After the Fall receives, in addition to the Alive After the Fall ebook, the following 14 bonus reports:

Nuclear Attack Survival Guide; Surviving a Biochemical Attack; Survival Mindset; Secrets to Sanitization After the Fall; Food After the Fall; DIY Greenhouse; Simple Survival Canning; Setting Up Your Survival Seed Bank; Power After the Fall; Safety After the Fall; Survival Guide to Trapping; Survival Guide to Hand Crafted Weapons; Where to Start Prepping; and Self-Defense for Women.

All together, the material received in the complete Alive After the Fall package comes in at just under 600 pages. What’s more, your purchase comes with a 60-day, money-back guarantee, so if you find it necessary, for some reason, to ask for a refund, you can have one for as long as two months after you purchased the product. To learn more about Alive After the FallClick Here.

 By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large

 

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