10.30.13

NSA! NSA! NSA!

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 11:41 am by George Smith


It is announced the NSA has broken into the data centers of Yahoo and Google.

“In an NSA presentation slide on ‘Google Cloud Exploitation’ … a sketch shows where the ‘Public Internet’ meets the internal ‘Google Cloud’ where their data resides. In hand-printed letters, the drawing notes that encryption is ‘added and removed here!’ The artist adds a smiley face, a cheeky celebration of victory over Google security.

“Two engineers with close ties to Google exploded in profanity when they saw the drawing.” — The Washington Post, today

Remember all that digital Pearl Harbor stuff? How the greatest economic theft of all time was being conducted by Chinese cyberspies?

How it would be a good idea to rewrite law to allow corporate comsec hackers to strike back on the Internet?

No?

NSA director Keith Alexander, best American general, ever.

“Now 61, Alexander has said he plans to retire in 2014; when he does step down he will leave behind an enduring legacy—a position of far-reaching authority …” reads a piece at Wired earlier this year.

“We jokingly referred to him as Emperor Alexander, because whatever Keith wants, Keith gets.”

When you let the people in the biggest cyberwar machine in history have whatever they want the only thing left is to turn it on everyone.

Which is what has happened. There’s little to add except that Alexander has virtually single-handedly created the perception that people in the US computer security industry (those that work with the government, which is a lot) are untrustworthy, predatory and needing of close oversight.

“You don’t trust your own secret service?” –John Watson “Naturally not. They all spy on people for money.” — Mycroft Holmes from A Scandal in Belgravia, Sherlock


Black humor. Yesterday, from the sharing economy, a consulting query — the third this year, the same as the first two — in which someone wanted to discuss the risk to electric power generation from foreign cyberattack.

Declined.

Having never consulted on Maven, only declined because the few projects are from the same person who cuts-and-pastes their requests, I’m rated 3.3 on a scale of 5. (Who knows?! It could be a robot.)

As an online bazaar/aggregation point for human intelligence work, almost every bit as great as Mechanical Turk.

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