MIAMI (CBS4) – What would happen if the Internet suddenly stopped working? Yesterday, we got a small taste.
First, Gmail went down for eighteen minutes, Google Drive had a short outage and Facebook was briefly zonked.READ MORE: Florida's Minimum Wage Workers Get Pay Boost This Week
No big deal, but could we cope if there’s a major Internet outage?
Hackers, accidents, terrorists, even solar storms could conceivably take down the Internet.
This past weekend, hackers came close to stopping production at Aramco, the company that provides a tenth of the world’s oil.
Superstorm Sandy knocked out Internet service for lots of people; it made us here at the station in Miami lose email for days.READ MORE: It's Not Delivery, It's DiGiorno And Now 27,000 Pounds Of Frozen Pepperoni Pizza Is Recalled
The Pentagon has recognized cyberspace as a new domain in warfare and, in his new novel, Tom Clancy paints a frightening picture of what Chinese cyber warfare could do.
Experts worry that a huge outage for just a couple of days could lead to mass unemployment, bank runs and general panic.
And we’ve become so dependent on the Internet that it could be psychologically wrenching too.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen that dependence first hand when Internet service has gone down at home. My wife and daughter, Internet junkies, somehow blame me.MORE NEWS: Powerball Jackpot Jumps To $570 Million For Wednesday Night's Drawing
Next time it happens, I’m going to a hotel.