I saw this article linked from the drudgereport.
US Video Shows Simulated Hacker Attack
A government video shows the potential destruction caused by hackers seizing control of a crucial part of the U.S. electrical grid: an industrial turbine spinning wildly out of control until it becomes a smoking hulk and power shuts down.
Apparently the US Government has obtained a copy of the latest Die Hard movie.
“They’ve taken a theoretical attack and they’ve shown in a very demonstrable way the impact you can have using cyber means and cyber techniques against this type of infrastructure,” said Amit Yoran, former U.S. cybersecurity chief for the Bush administration. Yoran is chief executive for NetWitness Corp., which sells sophisticated network monitoring software.
“It’s so graphic,” Yoran said. “Talking about bits and bytes doesn’t have the same impact as seeing something catch fire.”
So this is like the Day After Tomorrow, Super Volcano or the disaster movie of the week on SciFi. All that talk of a digital pearl harbor just wasn’t getting enough attention or money, so now they are creating videos about what could happen.
Even after Y2K, its quite popular to Speculate Creatively About Dastardly Attacks.