Here’s What Happened at Cyber Polygon – And You’re Not Going to Like It

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Cyber Polygon 2020 – a simulation about a “cyber pandemic” – took place July 9, 2021. Many Americans felt widespread concern prior to the event. 

Why is this? In short, because past simulations ended up becoming a reality. Could the Cyber Polygon simulation become a reality? Many Americans thought so. Derick Broze points out in his article that the world has experienced many simulations that came to fruition only a short time later.

For example, on October 18, 2019, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Economic Forum, and the John Hopkins Center for Health Security conducted Event 201. Event 201 was a simulation of how the world would react if a coronavirus pandemic swept across the planet. Less than six months later, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic.

Interestingly, just as Cyber Polygon was about to start, a real attack occurred. From NBC News:

One of the most prolific ransomware gangs, REvil, conducted its boldest attacks yet over the Fourth of July weekend, on Kaseya, which services customers who in turn contract with thousands of businesses. Though the dust has yet to settle, researchers say the hack allowed REvil to infect more than 1,500 different organizations. The gang seems to have bitten off more than it can chew and has asked for a $70 million lump sum to unlock all infected computers.

Cyber Polygon 2020 Digital Pandemic is Now Complete

Many may wonder just what in the world happened there. The convention was kind enough to publish the findings for the rest of us to peruse at our leisure.

As noted by the official website, “The central theme of the event was a ‘digital pandemic.’ No surprise to those of us who paid attention. It’s because of this moniker that so many people have been concerned in the first place.

Videos published by the World Economic Forum set mental alarms off for Americans nationwide. According to this video, a cyber attack could be 10x more prevalent than what we’ve experienced with COVID-19. The narrator within the video states, “Fortunately, at least until now, cyber-attacks have not impacted our health the way pandemics have. At least until now.”

The video goes on to state, “The only way to stop the exponential propagation of a COVID-like cyber threat is to fully disconnect the millions of vulnerable devices from one another and from the internet.” 

How Would a Full Disconnect Be Implemented and What Would the Effects Be?

One possible way would involve the use of an internet kill switch. Not only do those exist, but the US government has access to one. Theoretically, if you can turn off the internet, large segments of the population will be disconnected from one another. Meaning, what happens in one geographic region will go utterly unrecognized by citizens everywhere else.

Think about the practical implications of such. Think about the potential for further human rights violations. Perhaps a world where all news sources disappear overnight, with your favorite collectivist news agency being the only website still on the air?

Just Take a Look at Egypt in 2011

Protests by citizens fed up with the constant human rights violations they experienced under the current administration spread throughout the entire nation of Egypt in 2011. In an attempt to disband the protesters and keep them from organizing, Egypt hit its internet kill switch

Egyptians responded by resorting to mesh networks such as Firechat (which is sadly now gone) to communicate with one another. Still, there’s no doubt that the internet shutdown was a significant blow to both the people and their businesses.

Though the internet was “dead” for only five days, it cost the Egyptian economy approximately $90 million US. 

Approximately 5 million People From 57 Nations Tuned in to the Live Stream

The Cyberpolygon 2020 live stream “featured global leaders and experts, including Mikhail Mishustin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, as well as top officials from INTERPOL, ICANN, Visa, IBM, Sberbank, MTS and other organizations.”

These leaders and experts spoke on the subject of cyber threats and cyber pandemics. But that wasn’t all.

From the official website: The experts addressed the latest trends and technological threats, shared their experience in creating cybersecurity ecosystems, talked about the transforming threat landscape, and discussed the problem of fake news and how to discern misinformation on the Web

Coincidentally, one of the end goals of Cyber Polygon was to determine how to do a more thorough job of silencing all criticism that goes against the mainstream narrative.

If One Can Shut Down All Alternative Viewpoints, One Can Become the Sole Provider of “Truth”

If you’re a regular reader of The Organic Prepper, you’ve already seen this up close and personal. We were defunded roughly just one month ago. Why? For being a ‘misinformation site.’

It doesn’t matter how many scientists a person has to back up what they say. It doesn’t matter how many links to scientific journals a person adds. If anyone dares go against what the politicians and their ‘fact checkers’ deem to be correct, they will be silenced.

I believe “alternative” news sites are the only trustworthy source of news at the moment. Sites such as Zero Hedge, Children’s Health Defense, Daily Expose, Activist Post, The Last American Vagabond, Technocracy News, Survival Blog (and of course The Organic Prepper) are the only sites I trust to give me accurate information.

As far as I’m concerned, all else is misinformation. It’s propaganda.

However, these sources are just a fraction of the size of the major players (and you know who they are). If they are successfully stamped out, we will quickly end up in the type of situation warned of by FA Hayek in his excellent book The Road to Serfdom.

From Hayek: “If all the sources of current information are effectively under one single control, it is no longer a question of merely persuading the people of this or that. The skillful propagandist then has the power to mold their minds in any direction he chooses, and even the most intelligent and independent people cannot entirely escape that influence if they are long isolated from all other sources of information.”

(Hayek has much else to say about our current situation within the chapter ‘The End of Truth.’ It virtually reads as a play-by-play of the last year and a half.)

Technical Training Followed the Live Stream

Here, a collection of some of the best cybersecurity workers in the world gathered together into two teams to simulate a cyberattack of massive scope in real-time. This simulation involved 120 teams from 29 countries, and “the event was joined by state and law enforcement agencies, financial, educational and healthcare institutions, organizations from the IT, telecom, energy, metal, chemical, aerospace engineering and other industries.”

The good guys were the Blue Team, which protected their little chunks of infrastructure from the cyber-attack. The bad guys who conducted the attack were the Red Team. This simulation split into two halves: the real-time threat and the post-attack investigation. Throughout the real-time simulation, the Blue Team had to contain the cyberattack as best they could. 

The banking industry and companies within the realm of IT “demonstrated the highest resilience.” However, it was also discovered that, as a whole, “technical specialists are better prepared for investigation than for defense.” The entire investigation process involved regular forensics as well as a concept known as Cyber Threat Hunting.

Cyber Threat Hunting is looking for cyber attacks that haven’t set off your early alert system. You may have anti-virus software, but it only alerts you to what it sees. If it doesn’t see it, no alarm is raised. With Threat Hunting, you seek to discover the hiding places where a cyber attack is lurking – or has already taken place – outside of the realm of where your traditional alarm systems would have guarded. 

Cyber Polygon 2020 May Be Over, But it’s Not the End

If you’re a regular reader of this site, you’re likely familiar with the concept of situational awareness. I’m of the mind that a thorough understanding of current events is a critical part of this. If you don’t know what’s going on around you, you’re going to get blindsided by reality. A working understanding of what is happening out there in the world – to me – is well worth the time. I believe an understanding of Cyber Polygon is a part of this.

So continue to monitor the waters. Pay attention to what’s happening out there. In the past year alone, ransomware gangs have launched several high-profile attacks, including on a major pipeline and a meat supplier. If you’re looking for actionable steps you can take to mitigate your disaster risk, we have a host of articles detailing what you can do. 

What do you think?

Is the “solution” to cyberattacks just a grab for more control? A way to shut down communications? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Jeff Thompson is an avid fisherman who likes to spend time sailing on his boat and reading while at sea.

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  • Great article, Jeff. So, Cyberpolygon was a cyber hack designed to simulate a grid down situation along with erosion or loss of any records transmitted or even stored digitally. Can you imagine the chaos when point of sale transactions get lost, bank deposits or withdrawals are not recorded, credit and debit cards stop working, and any kind of digital communication is stopped? How about information stored in the cloud? What would happen to it? What about operation of critical infrastructure like trains and planes, utilities, and dams? What happens when GPS goes down?

    • Currently, several of the major agencies within the US govt are redoing their record systems, to include the entire US military and VA. These are personnel, financial, and health care records and systems. It is at best chaotic now. Let a kill switch be thrown. Even command and control will be affected.

      GPS can be gotten around by using the Russian/Chinese system that is slowly coming forth. Secondary banking transactions can use other means including the system Perot Systems put into place.

      Remeber, anything digital does NOT exist in the real world. Be wary of Greeks bearing gifts. 😉

    • Wow. Had not thought of some of these things. What a sad and frightening world. They seem to have us right where they want us.

  • So what would be some wise steps to take before this shtf event happens?
    My husband was already inspired a short time ago to start acquiring books that cover a multitude of topics needed to live an off grid life. His reasoning was that access to the internet might not always be here. We already have quite a few books that fill that need but there are some obvious gaps in our knowledge and skills.
    Another thing I thought of is keeping most of your money out of the bank. But other than the common preps is there anything that an event like this would need specifically to get through it?

    • Get a radio with communication possibilities and get your license unless you’re going to only monitor it.

      • Why do all the boomers always insist on getting a license? Just stop already. Its for survival. You really think you want your name on a list somewhere as someone who has a comms device? God it’s like you people eat retard pills for breakfast every morning.

      • That’s a good idea — they will look for any reason to take you out so being legal is important. Until you see fighting in the streets between race mobs and army / cops etc.. then you’ll need one. The only problem you’ll need to solve is electricity. So, you might think about setting up solar with a good Gowatt or Sol Ark box and some 250v solar panels (get them used on ebay they are much cheaper there.)

      • CB with a boost is a good choice=no license and no tracking of ownership.Hamm radio,satphone are also options.Look on Hamm radio sites and download specs and recommendations.Look into local prepper or Hamm radio groups.Createcom a mutualaid group.Dont use cloud or edge computing,use vpns,Tor browser,Tutanota.com for secure email.Safety deposit boxes are Not safe and I was told by bmoharris bank staff that there were many problems for their customers accessing their boxes.Buy silver and gold coins/necklaces,certificates are useless.Banks can and will Bailin your $$$!!!Happyprepper.com and Lowtechmagazine.com

  • Am i seeing a carryover here ?
    The Red Team against the Blue Team ?
    Appears very obvious the players in this “game”.
    Just in case its over your head…..Red teams, Republicans. Blue teams, Democrats.
    So, the Dems/Commies are planning an attack against the Republic.

    • “The good guys were the Blue Team, which protected their little chunks of infrastructure from the cyber-attack. The bad guys who conducted the attack were the Red Team.” You have it reversed. In any case, in a major cyber attack, we will ALL be affected, regardless of superficial political differences. Republicans and Democrats are different sides of the same coin, and that coin firmly in the pocket of the Ruling Elite. Politics is just a way to divide and distract us.

    • Actually, red team and blue team are common terms in cyber, predating the current political climate. Blue defends and Red attacks.

  • Interesting and thought provoking article.
    Control the news, control the minds…. but wait. Isnt that what the mJority of new sources are like already? So if you subtract the internet from the mix you can shut up independent sources and shared opinions. Then you can eventualIy to some degree control all minds.
    Only if you listen forgetting they are already proven liars and reporters of opinion.
    Our local 10 PM news keeps Interjecting opinions mixed into the news. Pretty obviously. If they were telling you a car was stolen from someone famous they would then remind you our city is the stolen car capital of the US. Then tell you there are just 3 poIice working on that particular crime. They almost never recover a stolen car. So the reporting of a stolen vhicle is almost pointless unless you’re filing for an insurance claim. So the police are pretty useless,(long pause) aren’t they? Truth- there were a just 3 police one that taskforce focused on gangs doing the majority of the thefts, m I st often selling to chopshops that resell parts to repair shops or on the internet.
    I get disgusted trying to see what is happening locally. They especially interject negative comments about Republicans, churches, Red States, and Donald. They were almost glee full reporting and outdoor church service that was shut down as a potential covid spreader event. I think the reported nearly every church shut down Nation wide or a handful who caught covid at Orangeman events. Along with devisive comments as if churches were out to murder their communities or Trump really didn’t care about anything or anyone of the rally participants. He just demanded numbers. If 6 or 7 may have gotten COVID-19 at such an event it was reported with enthusiasm. So were long lines to get food. You’d have thought Trump was still in office as it was his legacy on our economy.
    Sickening, adding unnecessary commentary or opinion to sway public perceptions of truth.
    Shutting down the internet is something we’d expect of Egypt, China, or the old Soviet Union. Surely not the United States. Unless it was to protect all the computers surely they wouldn’t do such a thing.
    Thats when we will depend on brave men/women with other means of getting the truth out. Short wave, CB, printing presses ect they can’t shut up everyone.

    • Revive the local pamphlets,newspapers,newsletters.Run as charity,deduct it all and spread provable truth,history,facts,inspiration.How much xan a two page newsletter cost????Drop these at libraries,stores,gas stations,coffeehouses,bars,liquorstores,foodbanks.

  • When the internet goes down (and it will) there will be worse problems than getting your favorite “alternative news” or social media fix. The internet, for most, is just entertainment after all. Sure you can use it to buy junk or pay bills, but still mostly entertainment…or infotainment. Mostly opinion and secondhand info, unless you actually get it from someone with boots on the ground. You can live without the internet if you’re prepared to. You may suffer withdrawal, but it’s not fatal.

    When the internet finally goes for an extended period, the Just-in-Time supply chains break. Nothing gets delivered on time, or at all. You will be reduced to trying to survive day to day. Crypto and precious will be of little, to no, value. Ammo and shootin’ irons will be more useful to keep South African types at bay, for a while. But, this is why we spent years getting prepared.

    Most will be reduced to digging in the dirt with sticks looking for bugs to eat. Try not to be one of them.

    • S.Africa was contrived f.flag like Blantifa.Logistics are a problem. Globalism only benefits a handful of top people and co.s while screwing over everyone else.Especially with weatherwars and contrived cargoship issues,everyone needs to prep up and help each other.

  • I don’t know about any where else ….but where I live everything that emergency services / law enforcement has for communicatios has ONLY works by internet.
    When a fiber optics cable was severed by a road crew we here had no 911 , no local radios for dispatch , no telephone service outside the county . This is what happens when you put all your “eggs” in one basket .
    It was total chaos.

    • Thats your wake up call!!You and other citizens need to pressure the mayor,police,fire dept.,sherriffs to have a backup now.They should all be experienced and have access to c.bs and hamm radios as well as satphones.

  • That´s why we need an independent radio linking system, safe enough to transfer files via HAM frequencies.
    The technology is there. I never understood why the HAMmers went in the opposite direction…using Internet to communication, instead of developing the HAM network to be some sort of low-speed internet, but independent and safe.

    • -Jose,
      Great observation.
      I hope someone in the HAM community can chime in on you comment.

      • I’ve had a ham radio license for about 20 years now.
        A number of hams use the internet as a gateway to be able to use ways to VHF and UHF radios long distances (DMR, EchoLink, etc…).
        VHF and UHF radios are wonderful when used for local communication, but since they are line-of-sight, and the signal rarely will bounce off the various layers above earth. A way around that is through repeaters hooked to the internet to then be able to communicate world-wide.

        I don’t used my radios for that, I have a few UHF and VHF radios that are excellent with the local repeaters which effectively increase my range from a few miles to about 50 miles.

        With a HF radio and the right atmospheric conditions, I can communicate around the world without the need for the internet.

        I would highly advise people to get a ham radio license for the main reason of getting comfortable with the equipment, learning the ins-and-outs of how people communicate there. You don’t want to wait until there’s an emergency to try to figure it out. That being said, in a SHTF scenario, I don’t think the FCC is going to come after people who are transmitting unlicensed.

      • With the “kill” switch, theoretically just the internet would be down. Ham radio and CB as well as FRS and GMRS *should* still work as long as there’s not any intentional jamming of the frequencies.

    • Frequency Spectrum….HAM operates on frequencies that has relatively tiny bandwidth potential. Not able to push large amounts of data like we have to today with your standard internet connections. There is unlicensed spectrum out there, but you have no interconnection to content or other sites. You’d basically have to make your internet.

  • I dunno.
    Based off some of the crap I read/see on the internet, we might be better as a society if someone flipped the kill switch. Permanently.

    But as Lawrence and JRS points out, take away the internet, and the whole of our JIT/BAU system comes to a screeching halt.

    To me, seems the best answer is decentralization, going independent, self-resilience, and going local is a better way.
    Some would argue that “they” can control us by limiting our access to our own bank accounts.
    But if they throw the kill switch, then they lost all control to include their own narrative.

    As for the propaganda, not only the sites Mr. Thompson mentions, but follow Glenn Greenwald, Bari Weiss, Matt Taibbi, Charles H. Smith, Professor Turley, Sharyl Attkisson for alt-media.
    Occasionally James Kunstler has some excellent commentary.

  • Of more concern to most of us than the loss of Internet communications by ordinary people is the fact that so many utilities are now completely dependent on the internet and computer programs to deliver their services.
    I know I keep banging the drum about the natural gas explosions in the Merrimack valley region of Massachusetts, but the over pressurization of the pipelines was caused by a computer program into which supposedly the worker had entered the wrong information. A misplaced decimal point caused thousands of homes and businesses to explode or catch fire. Millions of dollars of damage to same, fortunately only one death but it could have been a lot worse.
    If hackers infiltrate more than one company simultaneously and tamper with safety protocols for multiple municipal or private utilities, hundreds of thousands of people could be affected. Water treatment plants could be remotely programmed to release lethal doses of chemicals into the drinking water, release raw sewage into reservoirs and waterways, or just stop water flow altogether. Electricity could be completely shut off for an extended period or a deliberate power surge generated to cause damage to equipment that would take days or weeks to repair or replace. We now know what happens if natural gas is tampered with.
    As to how we can cope with such an event, trying to get off grid as much as possible, having grid down alternatives in place and ready for an extended event, and having a good supply of drinking water on hand are things, as preppers, we should already be doing.
    We should also have some means of communication set up that’s not internet or grid dependent and be prepared to evacuate if need be.

    • You are right to focus on this as some have pointed out elsewhere that many can experience no water as their city supply is shut down.Fla. Had that poisoning incident a couple months ago.Too much reliance on internet,cloud computing,overlycomplex and concentrated power.Decentralize,simplify,compartmentalize.Store water,food,meds,petfood now.Have two backup power sources.Propane may be gone or inaccessible.Emergency blankets,iodine,oil candles.

    • But it’s not ABC News. It’s ABC MEDIA LTD, a horse of a different color. It is a Bulgarian company owned by Daniel Ivandjiiski’s (Tyler Durden) father. ZeroHedge is owned by ABC MEDIA LTD. Why Bulgaria? Daniel Lives in NJ but he registered the domain in Bulgaria, where his father lives, to keep US .gov prying eyes off it’s revenue. He is an employee. The profits belong to a foreign company and are not taxable in the US. Only Tyler Durden’s “wages” paid in the US are. He worked for Wall Street at one time so he knows all about legally avoiding US taxes.

  • Okay the internet as we know it is a huge amount of interconnections between networks. It’s basically a huge highway with lots and lots of on and off ramps. The traffic cops (routers) direct traffic to where you want to go. If you stop the ability to route traffic between all the networks you can effectively stop all traffic….ATT, Verizon, Charter, Level 3, etc. basically have there own networks that are connected to other networks at peering points where traffic leaves their network to jump into other networks to get you where you want to go. Routers make the world go round. Like to just type in yadayada.com? Thank the DNS servers that translate that to an IP address. No DNS? You’d have to know the IP address….like the old days.
    Lots and lots of ways and weakness points in the system. That’s why you have firewalls, failover/redundancy, multiple carriers for your traffic etc. I do not miss those days of having to plan and implement strategies to mitigate that! I like the Internet, and nothing is inherently evil… but since I have very limited access where I live I really have limited what I use it for. News and reading. That’s about it. I use local vendors for 90 percent of everything else. Oh BTW the cellular network is tied to the availability of having a functioning internet. So if routing goes away…so does cellular. I have a love hate relationship with my cellular phone so…I could do with less communication at times. Go get your HAM license! It’s easy, cheap and Baifeng makes cheap radios. You will have short range comms..radio clubs might have a repeater or two extended that range. VHF is pretty short range. HF can span the globe (need a higher license for that). Oh and get some FRS radios for really local communication. Those are cheap too.

  • Electronic books are great but without power they aren’t any good. Physical books and print outs are the way to go. I really should get another small tablet as a sparr.

    I have a lot of electronic information on CDs, DVDs, external hard drives and flash drives. I keep an older laptop with DVD drive along with radios, scanners, CBs, FRS/GMRS and ham radios in a 32 gallon steel garbage can.

    The garbage can has had all seams taped with aluminium tape. It is lined with foam and each device is in it’s own ziplock bag.

    I have two BIG ammo cans I picked up that I’ve been thinking of using for CBs and scanners.

    I try to keep a decent amount of cash on hand. Like most people I don’t have a huge bank balance – life has thrown me enough curve balls that I’m just now starting to build up those account.

    I’m a firm believer that if you can’t hold it in your hand you don’t really own it. Physical gold and silver is where my money will go, assuming things don’t go sideways. Of everything does go sideways you can’t eat paper money, gold or silver. Gold and silver will probably be a good long term investment but there is no guarantee on that being the case and in the short and medium term you can’t eat it.

    Since I’ve scraped by at times it has been easier for me to pick up a can of food or something small that is useful for barter.

  • Another credible source you can add to your list is James Corbett @ http://www.corbettreport.com. From when he debuted in June 2007 to present (check out his first podcast) he has steadfastly provided sources in his show notes. He’s done some exceptional documentaries including some covering this scamdemic. I think you’ll find his service to humanity up there with yours.

  • I dunno guys. Been watching monkeywerx, looks like we’ve slowed down our aerial movements over the last few days. Seems like strategically nutso (nato) is setting up to attempt an envelopment of the (U) word. The gov.is playing games asking (C) word to play stage games against the (R) word? Meanwhile,we’re doing our level best to piss on and alienate India? I don’t know if the Turks are even allies or if they’re going to sit this out.

    The possibility of a massive cyber strike against us is looking like a serious possibility right now. Maybe from internally even.

    It’s just too quiet right now. Everything always happens when it’s quiet.

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