One Reason to be glad Trump won the election whether you like it or not
Amidst all the bitching and moaning and hand-wringing about the dark clouds of Trump’s victory there is a real silver lining. Most people just don’t see it. Most of those who do see it are still in denial. Those of us in the cyber safety and security world have a special perspective and that’s why I think we all should send Mr. Trump a big thank you.
The world of professional career politicians has a way of healing itself, and making everything seem okay. After all, they’re virtuosos at the art of making the population think they want or need what is convenient for the politician. How many politicians have convinced the population that they would do something about climate change? How many administrations promised that the poor and middle class will be raised out of misery? Now ask yourself how many times you’ve heard the poor or middle class rejoice that they’ve been delivered out of misery. Yes, the politicians know how to fool you.
Remember how everyone rallied around Obama’s campaign and was thrilled that he would end climate change. The media elevated him to the level of deity! The scientific community knew it was an outright lie, but for political correctness reasons, they dared not mention it. Obama didn’t end global warming. He didn’t raise the poor out of poverty. But you notice the media doesn’t even go near those truths.
Nothing changes. Until now.
For once, the results of the election has brought about something that no other political act has been able to do — and we should celebrate that act. For over four decades the cyber security community has begged and pleaded with government to recognize the problem and do something about it before it’s too late.
We begged and pleaded with Clinton not to deregulate the DNS, that the criminal element would gain the upper hand. He did, they did. We begged and pleaded with Obama not to destroy the Federal Government’s hold on ICANN or turn it over to the rogue community. Both Clinton and Obama went ahead to make themselves look good, rather than guarding the property of the Department of Defense and American citizens. They had an egocentric vision of the future, and could not see the danger. In 2000 I spoke to legislators and gave presentations about the mistakes that were being made in the cyber world and what would happen some day if they continued to be allowed. It happened. It happened much worse than anyone, even I, could have imagined. Very few people recognized it — most still don’t.
In this election’s early campaign debates we all remember the distinct question, “What do you consider the most dangerous issues facing America.” Only two candidates even mentioned cyber security. One was eliminated. In the second debate, the question came up again. Only one knew the correct answer — not Hillary, not Trump. All the other candidates were quickly taken out of the running by the liberal community and predatory media. The threat of cyber invasion never made media impact until Trump very successfully leveraged it as a propaganda tool.
Thank you Mr. Trump for Cyber Awareness
This morning, Sunday, January 1, 2017, all of the Sunday morning political shows had one thing on their lips — hacking. Trump and Putin, Obama and Hillary all mashed into a cyber stew is giving the media a feeding frenzy on cyber threats. Now all the talking heads and professional career politicians are wringing their hands about cyber security issues. And we can even go way back to 2012 when neither Romney nor Obama realized any cyber risks. Obama says it’s not Russia. Now, today, Obama blames Russia for everything. Obama threatens to retaliate for Russia’s hack into Hillary’s email and the DNC. It’s a lynch mob and they’re going after Trump because they think he’s in bed with Russia. We know that’s not true. They have no idea that they are providing us all with either a lie, or clear evidence of their political posturing. They lie and the media swears to it.
Thank you, Mr. Trump. You have now made the world sit up and recognize there is a serious cyber problem. Because of you, Mr. Trump, the relentless media and liberal henchmen will at least (finally) recognize the threat. The result is actually far better than building a wall.
As Marc Goodman writes in his blockbuster book “Future Crimes”
Unfortunately, the population and the media are either incredibly stupid, in denial, or intentionally hiding the truth.
The Russian hack had been going on far before the elections, and the Hillary hack had occurred probably a year before the first mention of it in the media. The fake news and social media spin ran aground.
Now that Trump has put the spectre of Cyber Threat front and center, the world can now begin to actually try to do something about it. There may still be time.
Thank you Mr. Trump
But don’t take my word for it — here, do your own diligence :
If you think I’m crazy, or don’t believe any of this, I urge you to read Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World by Marc Goodman (Trailer)
How Many Cyberattacks Hit the United States? The liberal media and angry lynch mob have all bought into the preposterous notion that this one hack was caused by Trump. The population’s overwhelming naivety and gullibility are stunning.
In 2007 — the year that Twitter was founded — US-CERT received almost 12,000 cyberincident reports. That number more than doubled by 2009, according to new statistics from the Government Accountability Office (PDF), and it had quadrupled by 2012. We’re learning of more attacks, more often!
The Pentagon reports getting 10 million attempts a day. But the media, and the predatory political left seem to think they can pinpoint this one hack? You can laugh out loud.
The National Nuclear Security Administration, an arm of the Energy Department, records 10 million hacks a day.
What the media doesn’t tell you is that Trump wasn’t in the political scene in July of 2008 for the Russian Cyber attack on Estonia. Somehow it was swept under the rug.
Clinton issued Executive Order 13011 — Federal Information Technology, ordering the heads of all federal agencies to utilize information technology fully to make the information of the agency easily accessible to the public.
When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide Web … Now even my cat has its own page.
Bill Clinton’s announcement of Next Generation Internet initiative, October 1996 began the slippery slope. Yet today, Bill recognizes the importance of US domination of the internet, in spite of what Obama thinks.
Bill Clinton: Internet Freedom Will Suffer If U.S. Gives Up Internet
Clinton believes that President Barack Obama’s plan to give up control of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), will enable foreign governments to crack down and limit Internet freedom. We know that it will enable the proliferation of cyber criminals, botnets and drive-by malware sites. Obama didn’t consider that because he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on in the real world. He ignored the cyberattack that changed the world.
The second real cyber war was on August 8th, Russian troops crossed into South Ossetia vowing to defend what they called “Russian compatriots”. As this was taking place, a multi-faceted cyber attack began against the Georgian infrastructure and key government web sites. The attack modalities included: Defacing of Web Sites (Hacktivism), Web-based Psychological Operations (Psyc-Ops), a fierce propaganda campaign (PC) and of course a Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS).
Russian Cyber Strategy and the War Against Georgia By David J. Smith, inFocus Quarterly
Russia holds a broad concept of information warfare, which includes intelligence, counterintelligence, deceit, disinformation, electronic warfare, debilitation of communications, degradation of navigation support, psychological pressure, degradation of information systems and propaganda. Computers are just among the many tools of information warfare, which is carried out 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in war and in peace.
Cyberattacks during the Russo-Georgian War — On 20 July 2008, weeks before the Russian invasion of Georgia, the “zombie” computers were already on the attack against Georgia. The website of the Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili was targeted, resulting in overloading the site. The traffic directed at the Web site included the phrase “win+love+in+Rusia”. The site then was taken down for 24 hours. (Wikipedia)
Secret NSA Map Shows China Cyber Attacks on U.S A secret NSA map obtained exclusively by NBC News shows the Chinese government’s massive cyber assault on all sectors of the U.S economy, including major firms like Google and Lockheed Martin, as well as the U.S. government and military. (NBC News)
These 5 Facts Explain the Threat of Cyber Warfare — America has spent decades and trillions of dollars building up the greatest military force the world has ever seen. But the biggest threat to national security these days comes from not from aircraft carriers or infantry divisions, but a computer with a simple Internet connection. That much became clear after the catastrophic hack — most likely by a foreign power — of sensitive federal employee data stored online.
China Continuing Cyber Attacks on U.S. Networks
Six months after China pledged to halt cyber espionage against the United States, Beijing’s hackers continue to conduct cyber attacks on government and private networks, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told Congress.
Despite the Chinese hacking activity, the Obama administration has taken no action against China for years of large-scale cyber attacks that officials say have cost the nation billions of dollars in stolen intellectual property and compromised networks.
The leaked allegations supposedly from the CIA that Russian President Vladimir Putin “personally” directed how hacked emails from the Clinton campaign should be used should be treated with a good deal of skepticism.
The things that appear to have hurt Clinton late in the election were her “deplorables” comment about Trump supporters, and the Comey letter about the new emails the FBI had found on Anthony Weiner’s computer. Neither of these incidents had any Russian connection.
Juan Cole — www.commondreams.org
The references I’ve provided above are but a tip of the iceberg that is the cyber threat against America. Now that you know, now understand it’s been going on for almost three decades — far before you ever even heard of Trump or Putin, or Hillary for that matter.
Thanks for reading
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