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Scenario.

You have 30 minutes before a deadly cyber-virus will infect everything connected to the internet. The national security level is already high due to recent events. In this future, majority of humans are biologically connected to the web so this virus will directly harm them if delivered.

After contemplating numerous scenarios, you and your team determine shutting down the power grid is the only way to prevent this. You would attempt to blow it up yourselves, but the grids are heavily guarded and those attempts would fail.

Whats the quickest & most convincing way to get authority on the phone who would believe you and take action?

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Worldbuilding.SE Little Bro. Sounds like a great movie! Unfortunately, it's a question where you're asking us to write the story for you. Please check out our tour and help center to learn more about writing questions that are on topic. Feel free to stick around and answer questions or ask others. $\endgroup$ – Cyn says make Monica whole Jun 12 at 23:04
  • $\begingroup$ @DonQualm LOL! got it thank you! $\endgroup$ – Little Bro Jun 12 at 23:07
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    $\begingroup$ @Cyn will do thank you! $\endgroup$ – Little Bro Jun 12 at 23:07
  • $\begingroup$ Why don't you just turn the internet off? The electrical grid powers more than just the internet. $\endgroup$ – Shadowzee Jun 12 at 23:53
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    $\begingroup$ I don't understand why you and your (powerless) team are sitting around "contemplating numerous scenarios" while the clock is ticking. You call the firefighters when you smell smoke, not after tedious analysis. Do your contemplation after notifying 911 (or equivalent), and while they are connecting in a higher echelon of emergency operations center (they can generally do that). $\endgroup$ – user535733 Jun 13 at 3:23
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By having authority

You need to be in a position of authority first otherwise people won't believe you and even then they might not. A random person won't be believed because people make hoax calls all the time.

At the end of the day, the person in charge usually doesn't have a clue. Just imagine trying to have a cyber-security chat with Donald Trump. No offence but it's not something he knows anything about. You need to convince Homeland Security and hope like hell they can get the sign off or they just decide to do it due to the time constraints.

Without authority, you need simple undeniable proof and hope like hell you can work up the chain of command in time.

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