Has anyone here seen the movie Live Free or Die Hard
? If you did, when you were watching
it, didn't you wonder if it wasn't a very real possibility that perhaps no one was prepared for? As in the Government not being prepared?
There are so many versions of this same idea that have been going through the mill in Congress and most of them are so bogged down with details,
reading them makes a person want to tear their hair out...one hair at a time. So I guess since the first one didn't set well with certain members of
Congress, a few others got together to draft their own version, in their opinion, 'improved'...but still the hairs start to be pulled out one by one.
It appears to me to have turned into an inefficient and unnecessary competition that was more about one-up-man-ship that actually protecting anyone or
And there are several variations on this same concern...there is the one issue related to power grids and what-not as in the Bruce Willis movie...and
then there is the information-sharing risk that comes from hiring contractors such as Serco (questionable anyway for other reason unrelated to this)
to do work for the government that involves sensitive information about employees and servicemen and -women...in the sort of incident described
A laptop stolen from a government contractor last month contained names, addresses and Social Security numbers of more than 207,000 U.S. Army
What's worse, because of the nature of the contract, there was a chance that it was not only the reservists whose personal information was accessible
but their dependents, too...spouses and children.
I have been seeing these type incidents pop up in the news now and then for a few years already. Hackers interested in Government data are SERIOUS
hackers. Again...think about the Bruce Willis movie.
There is also an issue in some of these proposed bills about how to preserve the confidentiality of the clients for the utility companies which would
come under the protection...wanting to protect them without having to know who they are...but these days, addresses come with names and names come
with a whole lot of details attached somehow. Some were too heavy-handed and others too lax...some with wording too vague...or so exacting that the
reader goes bald.
A couple of posters also mentioned how ineffective Congress has been lately...this is absolutely true. It is a mess and no one wants to get it
together and get something done and everyone is blaming the other one...and I really don't think in this case that the alternative media news outlets
and such are doing any good for anyone because they are writing articles based on other articles written about something not completely understood
and/or misconstrued and/or not actually related...I'm sure there was someone who actually reported on the original source somewhere down the line but
after two or three spin-off articles, it isn't even close to accurate...and then throw in the party line. It isn't easy to understand the way Congress
works...but it helps to sort of try...and it helps to go to the source yourself to check and see what the heck they are really talking about. 9 times
out of 10 it isn't very good reporting at all...the more details that are added, the messier it gets.
Here is the 2012 Cybersecurity Act
that one of the articles in this thread links
to....the one that was three years in the making. A word of caution...this one is a hair-puller.
is Senator McCain's version,
titled "Secure It."
And for anyone still worried that the President is writing Executive Orders designed to remove YOUR internet freedoms and access...read
June. If you are having trouble understanding what the heck he's saying...understandably...here are a couple of articles that lay it out a little
better for us regular folk...from
No one wants to take anyone's internet away...and this EO is aimed at increasing broadband service, especially to areas 'under-served' such as rural
areas and *the-middle-of-no-where.*
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