posted on Jan, 17 2013 @ 05:42 PM
Science fiction has been suggesting for years that the wars of the future will not be fought between nations and powerblocks, but between companies
and institutions, at a level so shadowy as to render them on a par, or even more clandestine than those battles fought between the intelligence
services of rival nations.
The theme has run through all science fiction writing, be it for films, books, or computer games, Deus Ex, and its sequel Deus Ex: Human Revolution,
for example. There are older, and wider known variations on that theme as well. Sometimes , we are told, life seems to imitate art. But in this case,
I believe those who have already imagined the dark future that will accompany an increase in this manner of behavior among companies in the world, are
merely performing a simple computation. They saw thier times, and what was happening in them, and pushed the behavior of various companies, to thier
logical conclusions, and in so doing saw these times coming.
No horoscopes required, nor pre-cognition of future events, bought on by some quirk of genetics and learning. Just simple observations and
cogitation. I believe we will witness the first real opening salvos of these wars as the years progress, and that they will become far more frequent,
until the rattle of thier delivery becomes not a punching shock in the night, but begins to resemble the white noise of a constant rain.
This introduction of a virus into a vital piece of infrastructure , represents in my veiw, a very irresponsible act. It also means that a certain
amount of intelligence about the facility and its systems must have been accessed by the offending party or parties, in order for them to have
constructed a targeted virus, with the intent of creating the circumstance which eventually prevailed at the plant. Without understanding a certain
amount about the system that the virus was designed to thrive in, it would have been difficult to create something that would be effective.
This suggests to me that the information security at this particular plant, was not up to par in any way at all. Although I am sure that the secret
services keep a weather eye on this stuff, it seems somewhat strange to me that they are not more careful to prevent this sort of thing. Mind you,
security is going to be difficult to maintain from the governments point of veiw. These facilities might well be vital parts of the infrastructure of
the US, but they are not owned or controlled by the government, instead being owned and run by private organisations who answer to the dollar before
all other things.
Unless the first loyalty of everyone involved with an enterprise which is vital to the smooth running of the nation, is to the nation itself,
security at such installations will always have more holes in it than a swiss cheese thats been rolled through a gun range. If a mans loyalty can be
bought, or he can be bought to a state of confusion about who precisely he answers to, then security becomes a joke at the facility he is employed at.
This is why I would recommend that the US government re-distributes its budget for intelligence, with a greater focus on watching rival companies,
industry lobbies, and financial structures.
If these corperations are going to war with one another, then thier greed and irresponsible pursuit of fortune, forsaking all else, could turn out to
be just about the most dangerous threat that the US, nay, the world has ever faced. They certainly pose a much greater risk long term than do the
scattered cells of the so called terror networks. More to the point, if these mad corperate intelligence organisations are going to fight it out, then
this opens up the entire infrastructure of the US power network, not only to insane corperate warfare, but also being accessed, during the confusion,
by the very people that the US has spent the last decade or so fighting.
This is serious business, and there can be no half measures in putting this genie back in the bottle.