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Cyber Attack Risk Awareness and Hard Copies

Cyber attack. It has been forewarned. It’s in the news. ‘They’ are telling us what’s possibly going to happen next. The United States faces the cyber equivalent of the World Trade Center attack, or you might say a cyber-Pearl Harbor. Such an attack could cripple the nation’s banking system, power grid, and other essential infrastructure.

All of a sudden, the power doesn’t work. There’s no way you can get money. Gas. You can’t get out of town. You can’t get online. And banking, as a function to make the world work, doesn’t work so well…

Without going into the terrible life threatening survival risks of a grid-down situation from a cyber attack, for this article topic, think about this…

Cyber Attack Affecting The Financial Infrastructure

Even if a major cyber attack does not focus on the power grid. But instead, the financial infrastructure, or parts thereof. Are you ready for that?

Many people do their banking, investment transactions, and bill pay online. What if these financial data centers were taken offline or corrupted via a cyber attack?

Do you have adequate ‘hard copy’ paperwork (statements) to support or backup your claims of a bank account or investment account? Do you even have the correct mailing addresses to these institutions (or phone numbers) that you might need? Or to simply communicate with them other than online?

Side Note: Though not insulated from cyber attack, I recommend a credit union rather than major banking institutions.

The suggestion I am trying to make is to put together a file folder – a collection of recent bank statements, addresses, contact information, etc. to support your position, should you ever need to prove it or deal with it offline.

Current Events – Prediction Of A Coming Major Cyber Attack

Given current events, I am shoring up my own end in this regard. Being sure that I have my own electronic copies (and recent hard copies) of bank statements, etc.

Even though I keep lots of info on my personal NAS (home network attached storage), hard copies are important too! So, I’m logging into my various accounts and downloading at least the most recent statements. And printing them.

It is very easy to become complacent and unknowingly dependent on the internet. But stop and think about it for a minute. What if a major cyber attack took away your ability to communicate with your banking institutions? Got a 401K or IRA? Kind of important, if you do…

Commit some time to downloading and printing out your recent data, your statements, and file it away. Since some of this information may be sensitive with account numbers or your personal information, it’s a good idea to keep this in a fireproof / waterproof safe or lock box. They’re not very expensive (compared to the value of what you’re keeping in there), and are good insurance.

What Copies Or Originals To Keep In A Home Safe

In no particular order, here is a list of ideas of items to keep in a home safe or lock box…

  • Cash
  • Bullion (not the kitchen kind)
  • List of Contacts
  • Bank statements
  • Credit card information
  • Tax records
  • Real estate deeds
  • Vehicle titles
  • Important photos (e.g. on a USB thumb drive)
  • Videos or photos of personal possessions for insurance purposes
  • Household inventory
  • Legal documents
  • List of your passwords
  • Thumb drive or portable hard drive with important electronic documents
  • Birth, marriage, and death certificates
  • Passports
  • Wills
  • Trust documents
  • Living wills or medical directives
  • Funeral or burial instructions
  • Powers of attorney
  • Insurance policies

[ Read: Frightening Scenario Of A Comprehensive Cyber Attack Which Will Bring A Complete Halt ]

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34 Comments

  1. We have two filing cabinets stacked. And have always kept these things for several years, then go through them and burn the older ones.

  2. Well,
    What will be will be!
    Just hope they wait till i get my next paycheck and hit Costco!

  3. Ever since the election steal of 2020 we have been wondering how the evil ones would stay in power. I guess a cyber-attack at the end of this Summer might do it. Followed by hunger, looting, fighting over resources, and then……..Martial Law.
    Joey might appear to be a moderate, but everyone he has put/or tried to put into his Cabinet are super hardcore Radicals. Just look at his VP pick, left of crazy Bernie Sanders.

    It’s not coming folks, IT’S HERE!

  4. KJ
    With regards to this article, was reading a piece off strange sounds about Russia decoupling everything internet to RU by march 11.
    This could be the tell in the tea leaves, if they are decoupling from the internet except through tightly controlled networks it could mean several things.
    The most obvious is control of info, another is shielding their own computers etc from outside attack. But, it could also signal that they are going to hit the net with massive attacks.
    IMHO, they dont even need people to do this, AI and excellent code could jamb everything up for weeks, a few servers across the net could jamb the whole thing up. Another possibility is to blow up a ROV next to the cables under water crossing the Atlantic or Pacific, 6 ROVs could isolate the continents easily, meanwhile attacks from server farms housed wherever could jamb everything else up post haste,,,
    Just sayin is all
    A million dollars in tech can do the damage it used to take billions and an army to acheive

  5. Just a suggestion.
    Ken touched on a Safe briefly, I might suggest that one has a safe large enough for those 50 firearms in (Kidding of course) and all the documentation listed above, PLUS a decent “Lap Top Computer” with power supply and all the ‘goodies’. Also if you save Info on Thumb Drives, store them in the Safe inside a lined metal sealed box. EMP Proof.
    Just think about it, lets say the Cyber thing hits, poof, all data gone for awhile, yes Banks and the Lot will have backups, but ya know good old Uncle Joe is still going to want their Tax, Income and Property, you have records of everything?
    How about you simply have a Fire that burns down the Home to a pile of Ash? That Computer WILL NOT SURVIVE.

    Ok People, get off yar asses and get some things done, or do you seriously believe nada is going on? Personally I feel we are already at WWIII Stage.
    Even Ole Blue is stockpiling Treats.
    Think about it.

    1. NRP & Blue,
      i had not really thought about it but some hard copy documents buried in the back yard in some PVC could be a hedge against house fires or weather type incidents.
      does Blue have a supply of squirrels and rabbits buried in the backyard? : )

      1. scout:
        Naw, Ole Blue has moved on to a little rougher diet, Scorpions 🦂 and Rattlesnakes 🪱 are the norm now-a-days. He’s a mean old fart for sure Ole Fart for sure 🥴🥴🥴

    2. NRP,
      Tragically you lost all of your firearms in Navajo, do you have a safe to sell, or is that where you store Blue’s treats?

      1. Tom:
        Unfortunately the Safe went down also, maybe that’s why the Canoe sunk? 🛶

        1. it has been reported that the water levels haven risen in many lakes because of many such accidents

          1. scout:
            Navajo Lake is right at 14,500 acres (24.38 SQ Miles) and rose almost 2 feet LOLOL
            Unfortunately it’s over 450 ft deep, so much for a salvage operation 😢 😪 😞

  6. This is not about Russia. It’s not about Ukraine, or China, or the Wuhan virus and all the problems that came with it. Nor the election fraud or gas prices. As I see it, this is/has been “Wag the Dog, the whole time. A test, on how much they could punish us and get away with it.

    The real war is between free peoples and the globalists. As long as they remain in power, the crisis events will only accelerate and increase in frequency until they find something that works; something that makes most people willing to give up their liberties in exchange for the false promise of security.

    The globalists need another Pearl Harbor – A 9/11 attack or something even bigger. They need something that will enrage the American population.

    I predict this event will come in the form of a large scale cyber-attack, on the internet, not our power grid, or nuclear war. Without the internet, the world cannot function. The amount of economic and business operations tied to the web is staggering. The escalation of events suggests to me that they will try to implement such an attack in the near term. Perhaps within the next couple of months and certainly before the year is over.

    Some of this is from Brandon Smith

    1. Stand my Ground – Yeah……Brandon Smith is dead on the money correct….and has been all along. I’ll read his stuff before any other because he is absolutely dialed in. Been reading him for years. When I need answers….he is the second one I turn to. Guess who is the First One.

    2. C’mon people, you can’t 6uild 6ack 6etter without destroying everything first!

      I honestly don’t think the USA will survive the “Biden” presidency. It’s only been 14 months and the country is in tatters and getting exponentially worse by the minute.

      The USA can’t and won’t survive long at these fuel prices.

      1. Ken,

        I believe that was the plan…we were not supposed to survive this president…not as a country at least.
        Question now is how much pain we will be subjected to, will we as individuals survive, and what will the aftermath look like.

      2. At these fuel prices?

        What about when they go $2-$3 higher,

        Everything uses fuel, to haul, deliver, get home, get to work, refrigerate, heat, cook,

        Yea sure, theres some reneuables, but really how many that would even make a diff in costs? Our electric company said to expect a 20% increase in coming weeks, doesnt matter if you have solar, there is still a power bill every month, who uses power only when the sun is shining? And how many people can afford a 20% increase? How many business will fold? Our shop has s huge electric bill, so on top of the 5-7k its going up 20%? Wow, just wow.
        LETS GO BRANDON AND ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS HIM

        1. Kulafarmer & all:
          Anyone remember the amount of fuel and goods that once came from Venezuela?
          Seriously V was the 4th wealthiest country in the world, and exported millions of barrels of oil.
          What in the he’ll makes anyone believe that can’t happen here?
          Are we so much better than the rest of the world to think we cannot collapse?
          Really?
          As Kulafarmer said, 2-3 bucks more for fuel, 20% higher power bills, food shortages, corruption running ramped.
          Plus NOBODY trust our own gov.
          Let’s Go Brandon
          Any questions of where we are headed?
          With that said…..
          Life is good here on Lightning Point, time for another walk with Ole Blue.

        2. Thrifty person that I am I don’t use a lot of electricity and it really pi*sses me off when the fixed costs that they charge are higher than the charges for what I use.

          1. aka:
            But, But, But, ya have to have that base charge so the Power Co. can give free power to the less fortunate ya know???

            On a serious note, wait till that Bill doubles in the next year, Let’s Go Brandon.

          2. Agreed. Another issue is minimum charges when there is a misread meter. Had that happen with electricity and paid a minimum charge for 6 months due to transposed number. Just this year sewer project rate set on January water usage. I wasn’t home most of the month but looking back they misread the meter in November. Now my $85 water bill is over $200. Young customer service personnel lacked the math skills to understand. Moving soon so not pressing it.

          3. This month’s water bill: $15 for the meter, $16 for garbage, $6 for storm water (repaying loans for the 40-60 year old pipes and repairs) and $3 for street lights.

            $1.82 of over $40 was water. But it’s a “water” bill. Wheee.

        3. This morning, kula hardware fuel prices
          4.99 regular unleaded
          5.39 premium unleaded
          5.99 diesel

          Yay

          1. Kulafarmer:
            OUCH!!!!
            Here Reg is 4.40, Diesel is $5.10.
            I’m thinking maybe if you would get fuel at a gas station and not a “Hardware Store” in one quart bottles maybe it would be less expensive?????
            Just kidding of course….
            6 bucks for Diesel HOLY SHIP SHERLOCK

          2. NRP
            That place is usually about 15-25 cents cheaper than town,,,
            Not good

        4. Kulafarmer, NRP & Blue,

          I’m becoming more and more convinced that we are not stumbling to our destruction due to inept leadership, but purposely being driven to our demise by our enemies both outside and within carrying out a plan.

          No matter how highly we think of ourselves as Americans…there are a good number of folks who see us as a fat and happy population that prospered over the years while their countries suffered, and their people struggled to survive…and they blame us…and they are after revenge.

          We ain’t near the bottom of the pit planned by those seeking revenge, they want us to see and experience what they suffered…the enemy within does not care what the people suffer as long as they don’t suffer with us.

          Biden is an incompetent fool…but he is controlled by folks on a mission…people that hate us.

          But…I’m just an old man livin’ back in the boonies…what do I know….

          1. Dennis:
            I agree 1000%.
            And honestly think about the mentality of most, “it is happening over there” so it don’t concern me.
            Take the Russian Ukraine War for instance. Thousands of people are being slaughtered and whats the biggest thought of most?
            All empires fail and fold, what the heck makes us differant? Ask the Roman Empire, or the Mongolian Empire. History WILL repeat itself. Or should I say “IS repeating itself”?
            But what the heck. Maybe I been hit by Lightning to many times?????

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