Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
Former top US officials staged an elaborate exercise on Tuesday to test the US response to a cyberattack which disables cellphone networks, slows Web traffic to a crawl and cripples the power grid.
Dubbed “Cyber ShockWave,” the event was held in a Washington hotel room transformed for the day into the White House Situation Room, where the president and his advisers typically meet to address national emergencies.
Former president George W. Bush’s Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff played the role of National Security Advisor as the cabinet sought to respond to a nightmare scenario drawn up by former CIA director Michael Hayden.
As the “crisis” escalated, the officials discussed various actions including calling out the National Guard, nationalizing the utility companies and staging a retaliatory strike if the authors of the cyberattack become known.