COVER STORY: The Cyberwar Plan It’s not just a defensive game; cyber-security includes attack plans too, and the U.S. has already used some of them successfully.
by Shane Harris Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009
14 tech firms form cybersecurity alliance for government Lockheed Martin, top suppliers launch initiative for government market
By Wyatt Kash Nov 12, 2009
Phi Beta Iota: It is a scam, big time. The U.S. does not have–outside of our small number of colleagues in Hackers on Planet Earth and the Silicon Valley Hackers/THINK Conference–the brainpower and cummulative skills to fill the Potemkin Center, much less staff a capability with global reach.
A few exception not-withstanding (anyone can knock down a site or be anonymous–being invisible and having an undetected impact are completely different matters), this is a massive scam. Most of the $12 billion will be wasted, and the Center appears to be a lowest-comon-denominator mutual-protection society. The answer: Free/Open Source Software (F-OSS) across the board. If HP were serioius abouit giving the big boys a run for their money, this is where Mark Hurd would be going, but he is surrounded by too many sychophants afraid of what they will never understand.
In 1994 we pointed out that when Israeli’s catch a hacker, they gave them a job, which the US response was to kick them in the teeth and put them in jail. Beltway bandit frauds are not hackers and never will be. Hackers are born self-made innovators and iconoclasts and apart from the fact that our educational system has been dumbing us down for fifty years and making mathematics an odious endeavor for most, the FACT is that all those in the Center are coming off fifty years of software “engineering” defined by government specifications cost contracting, which is stay, dumb and dumber.
FURTHERMORE, the idiocy of spending all this money on attack before first mandating and accelerating the removal of all our SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems for controlling everything from financial transactions to the movement of fuels, water, electricity, simply boggles the mind. There are two internal threats to the USA vastly more dangerous than anything outside the USA: Goldman Sachs and the Federal Reserve as an out-of-control cabal of thieves; and the military-intelligence-industrial complex that loots legally while giving back to the taxpayer zero return on investment–these people are making the world MORE dangerous, not less.
We should be concentrating on information-sharing and multicultural sense-making, on connecting and empowering the five billion poor–all this other stuff is mis-directed, mis-managed, and not in the public interest.
Below are a few of the books we recommend to appreciate the fact that hackers are like astronauts pushing the edge of the envelope, full of the right stuff.