Hello once again ATS!
Given that I've covered similar issues many times over, I'm just going to assume that anyone reading this is already fairly fluent in the language
of "cybersecurity" and aware of the realities vs the mind-numbingly obvious and endless attempts that the US Government keeps making to try and
"make us safe" on the Internet.
Oh, BTW, you can swap "make us safe on the Internet" and "Control all content, spy freely, and hand out prison sentences that exceed most homicide
prosecutions to anyone dumb enough to steal a movie or a few songs". Because that is really what the Government means by "safe". Not "safe" for
you and me... but "safe" for Sony's bottom line.
Anyway. Here is the latest shot over the bow - and the latest excuse to try, yet again, against massive popular resistance, to seize control of the
Internet on a Federal level.
Yup. China ( supposedly and theoretically ) hacked sensitive US Government servers and now the White House is gnawing on the old bone once again.
Wanting to up the stakes in Cyberspace.
Read the article carefully and you'll notice that the word "steal" is used in the same context as espionage is implied:
"In some cases, it's non-state actors who are engaging in criminal activity and potential theft,"
While normally verbose - I'm just going to keep this short and sweet. I'm a civilian with limited resources and I can manage to keep my system
secure without actually paying a dime to do so. A little knowledge and some basic habits and I sleep very soundly at night. Yes, I have to accept that
a plethora of companies keep frighteningly detailed tabs on me and my activities - and that they happily share and sell that information to anyone
interested - as does the NSA ( though I am not sure if they are in the "demographics research for profit" business... though it would not surprise
me at all if they ( or some off the books shell company they happen to own does ).
The point is this. Uncle Sam's inability to keep a secure system is NOT a valid reason to strip rights and create new laws from whole cloth. It is
NOT a valid reason to "clamp down" on Americans. And make no mistake - they are not discussing just getting tough with the packets headed to other
nations. They are looking for that Holy Grail of an excuse to pwnbox the whole entire thing.
At this point I am honestly half convinced that somebody in the administration, somewhere, at some time - sat around at a "spitball brainstorm"
party and said "Hey, we could always leave a HUGE open door into some really sensitive stuff - basically honeypot it with neon signs - and then FREAK
OUT the entire country whenever somebody actually finds the open door...."
When we need Congress to have some ethics and realize that all of the laws that apply to mail and telephone calls HAVE to, inherently, also apply to
the Internet - specifically that WARRANTS need to be involved before a single packet is intercepted, analyzed, or considered as evidence
instead we're stuck with a Congress ( and the two other branches - ALL failing in their "checks and balances" roles ) that wants our data, and the
right to restrict it, use it, manipulate it, and prosecute us over it - so bad that they're starting to sound like Hitler in a Munich beer hall. All
rhetoric, divisive and manipulative speaking, misinformation, and preying upon fear to try and get what they would otherwise NEVER be able to
Oh, and the fact that "security" will end up going hand in hand with "pay to play" models of bandwidth access ( Watch for it, you'll see it )...
we're left with the truth. All this BS is really about getting less for more from telecoms that DO NOT like "unlimited access". Especially not when
they can look at their cellular divisions and see the fortunes rolling in from people paying much higher prices for tiered and metered mobile
Lobbyists from the Telecoms lining the pockets of politicians who freak out over being hacked... The perfect storm to ensure that the NSA gets the
power recently lost ( um, yeah, sure ) back AND we end up paying more because, you know, China n stuff.
What's next? Fox News announcing that analysts have discovered that Al Queda is actually based in Beijing? That's pretty much all they've got left
to create the perfect BS storm.
Thanks for reading.