Reviewed and recommended: Behold a Pale Farce

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 4:32 pm by George Smith

Authors Bill Blunden and Violet Cheung have produced something of a first, a comprehensive book on cyberwar that isn’t like the rest. Behold a Pale Farce’s (TrineDay, trade paperback) strength is reality, a feature that makes it entirely unique in its field. Readers of this blog know the topic of cyberwar reasonably well. The national […]


Fire the nobodies

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 4:28 pm by George Smith

Someone had to pay for Edward Snowden and it damn well isn’t going to be Keith or Mike McConnell of Booz Allen: The director of the N.S.A., Gen. Keith B. Alexander, is retiring next month after serving far longer than his predecessors. The director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., who has also been […]


Expose the US virus war machine (continued)

Posted in Cyberterrorism at 9:49 am by George Smith

After 20 years of national leaders and various experts making hay and fortunes on warning about others gathering to attack the US with cyberwar, what’s the sound when the US is exposed as the now most famous virus-writing machine for attacking others? Crickets. Well, that’s only a small bit of it. There’s still no shortage […]


The Joker

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 11:03 am by George Smith

Lord spare us once again from 60 Minutes whoopie cushion news of things to come, deadeningly promised and threatened for as long as I’ve been in cyberspace: Panetta: The reality is that there is the cyber capability to basically bring down our power grid to create … to paralyze our financial system in this country […]


Janey Come Lately

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 9:38 am by George Smith

Some professor who puts her classes to sleep discovers a reason behind cyberwar hype: The drumbeat in support of government monitoring and control over private networks becomes deafening when the drummer is Bush-era cybersecurity chief (and now executive vice president of Booz Allen) Michael McConnell … It may be in consultants’ interest to create an […]


A plutocrat firm gets its stuff taken by the cyber-paupers (a continuing series)

Posted in Cyberterrorism at 9:17 am by George Smith

Smilin’ Mike and his firm, targeted by Anonymous. The ‘they had it coming’ rule in action. From the Beeb: A file containing more than 90,000 e-mail addresses plus passwords, logins and other information was put on The Pirate Bay file-sharing site. The group [Anonymous] said it stole the information by targeting a poorly protected server […]


Fearmongers and the Assholeocracy

Posted in Phlogiston, Predator State, War On Terror at 2:36 pm by George Smith

Last week Matt Taibbi’s on-line column at Rolling Stone ran the second installment in his Supreme Court for Assholes. Taibbi and selected friends form a court and then adjudicate whether or not someone in the news is an asshole. And then, if dubbed so, they’re given a score on a relative scale of assholery. Surprisingly, […]


Cult Chieftain Flogs Book: Richard Clarke — threat or menace?

Posted in Cyberterrorism, Extremism at 10:34 am by George Smith

“How vulnerable would the U.S. be if a global cyberwar broke out today?” writes some cyberwar fugleman at a Forbes blog. “Vulnerable enough, according to Richard Clarke, former anti-terrorism czar under Presidents Bush and Clinton, that he rates our odds behind even those of our most Luddite adversary: North Korea.” For the Cult of Cyberwar, […]


Enormous CyberAttack Takes Ten Minutes to Undo Here

Posted in Cyberterrorism at 9:19 am by George Smith

From December on DD ‘old’ blog: [I] removed a copy of one of the Zeus/Zbot pieces of malware after it floated through my anti-virus software on Saturday. This took about ten minutes, not only to squash but also to upload to the vendor so that it might be detected at some point in the future. […]

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