The Day the Internet Broke / Hacked / Virus Infected - Apocalypse Prediction and Guide

Latest update: August 29, 2022. Page URL indicates original publication date; meanwhile, times change and the updates continue.

A Prediction of a Future Societal, Internet-Triggered/Collapsed, Disruption Event

What with the internet being intertwined with just about everything, e.g., military infrastructure, electrical power infrastructure, water supply infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, houses, cars, appliances, and other networks we don't even know about; all of it interconnected and just waiting for a cascade collapse, sooner or later an internet-originated apocalypse is going to come along. Technology always fails, that's why there are repairmen. And in this case, there is also the neverending hacking/malware/viruses onslaught. It really is just a matter of time.

The event will be destructive enough to disrupt society for months, including shortages of food and other necessities. It is not a case of if; it is only a case of when. It will probably happen sometime within the next 10 to 20 years. Then again, the societal infrastructure is already pretty much dependent on the internet in more ways than we can count. Wouldn't hurt to have the same survival attitude as was prevalent during the cold war scare of the Cuban missile crisis of 1962; though one can probably skip the bomb shelter aspect, most of us don't have the resources to do that anyway.

Surviving a Societal Internet Crash

As opposed to making this just another article with a list of survival kit necessities, here is a list of three government or organization resources that will tell you everything you need to know. Needless to say, the three sites duplicate each other somewhat.

URLs go to the specific, relevant pages. None address the internet vulnerability issue directly, but the lists of needed supplies would be the same. Besides, what with all the other potential disasters out their, both man-made and nature, having a survival kit is not a bad idea.

April 2020 Update

People have been visiting this page because of the virus pandemic situation. The hoarding and empty shelves we've seen would indeed also occur during supply disruptions caused by an internet infrastructure crash. The pandemic has given us an interesting preview of just how the general population would react during a true societal shutdown. Fortunately, the supply chain didn't completely fall apart.

April 2021 Update

There is also a second and serendipitous benefit to stockpiling non-perishable food items and other basic household supplies. News media is saying we are going to get clobbered by inflation sooner rather than later. Some major companies have already announced they will be raising prices this fall. Money saved is worth more than money earned. Money saved is tax free.

January 2022 Update

Well, the inflation rampage has indeed happened and is still going on as we speak. And unfortunately the pandemic is also on its own new rampage. What a mess. As for the internet; yep, ransomware has been happening all over the place. And Russia, China, and others have been cyber messing with us; and not all of it just the passive collecting of data, there have been infrastructure attacks as well.

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