Last week, the long-running NPR talk show, Fresh Air, featured two men discussing the topic of cybercrime. One of the guests, a journalist named Joseph Menn (author of Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet) said something that chilled me to the bone. The interviewer, Dave Davies, inquired about China and its involvement in cyber crime:
DAVIES: So what could they do? Could they take down the American electric grid...
Mr. MENN: Absolutely.
DAVIES: ...steal our military secrets? Yes?
Mr. MENN: That they have our military secrets, and they could shut down the electric grid. And if you do that for long enough, then you’re talking about stone age conditions.