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But defense contractors -- both tech companies and weapons makers - are profiting handsomely from fears of cyber attack that could steal sensitive information or crash computer networks and power grids.
Brito and Watkins quote politicians' dire warnings that justify generous appropriations and added federal control over the Internet.
"The notion that our power grid, air traffic control system, and financial networks are rigged to blow at the press of a button would be terrifying if it were
if it were true," Brito and Watkins write. "But fear should not be a basis for public policymaking."
The public has been given no substantive basis for such fears. Any evidence of real threats is classified -- reminiscent of the weapons of mass destruction evidence that the Bush administration used to justify the Iraq War.
The $100 billion Washington will spend on cybersecurity in the next decade may be less about guarding America from a real threat, and more about enriching revolving-door lobbyists and satisfying pork-hungry politicians.
Originally posted by pcrobotwolf
reply to post by MIDNIGHTSUN
Its BS the American government has their own secret internet which you can only get on with government hardware. Also the whole sony thing is microsoft corporate warfare they used hackers to hack sony knowing they would never recover right now. Game set match