Banks suffer Electronic Pearl Harbor: No one cares

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 1:41 pm by George Smith

Except for the Cult of Cyberwar and selected computer security companies sending out press releases. I’ve tried to stay away from this one but the media has insisted on waging it. The greatest denial of service attack in history — until next month or the month after — was aimed at America’s monster banks. And […]


No faucet electronic Pearl Harbor

Posted in Cyberterrorism at 12:05 pm by George Smith

Last weeks story on an alleged cyberattack on US infrastructure has been turned off like a drip from the faucet. That story — mentioned in this post — went viral in the news media and involved an anecdotal report on a hack attack said to have burned out a water pump in Springfield, Illinois. A […]


What would an electronic Pearl Harbor look like?

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Cyberterrorism at 3:10 pm by George Smith

The story of the water pump in Illinois guarantees a viral eruption of stories exploring the post title. Right now the evidence is small beer and still anecdotal. Give it a couple days until eruption of all the potentials for attacks on the national infrastructure, stories with headings loosely based on “Have we just had […]


Electronic Pearl Harbor! Warns some run of the mill stooge at the Post

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 7:21 am by George Smith

Stuxnet virus compared to Hiroshima atom bomb blast by some tool at the Washington Post. Today, some run-of-the-mill stooge at the Washington Post, Dominic Basulto, furnishes us with perhaps the ten or thirty thousandth story on “electronic Pearl Harbor” in the last fifteen years. Go ahead, try and count them. Quite a few are in […]


Electronic Pearl Harbor Man unearthed: Put him back in ground, please

Posted in Cyberterrorism at 7:59 am by George Smith

Jack Goldsmith, a professor at Harvard Law School who was an assistant attorney general from 2003 to 2004, is writing a book on cyberwar, threatened a by-line on the op-ed pages of the NY Times yesterday. (Tip o’ the hat to bonze for pointing it out.) Goldsmith, a lawyer from the Bush administration awarded a […]


Mic Check: Electronic Pearl Habor meme-ing for the plutocracy

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 2:21 pm by George Smith

“U.S. national security endangered by China’s army of hackers,” reads the subhed in an opinion piece a couple days ago at the WaTimes. From old man author William Triplett III: In November 1997, Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism that “we’re facing the possibility of an electronic Pearl Harbor. […]


“Left of launch” — the big failure. So Big. Now, “fire and fury.”

Posted in Bombing Paupers, Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 5:14 pm by George Smith

Left of launch appears to have failed abysmally. Did it even exist except in the minds of a small set of weird American cyberwarriors? So our leader promises “fire and fury.” Basing reaction and strategy on the alleged impact or cleverness of internally rhyming triplets seems unsound, the constructions of cretins. (Heh — lil’ joke.) […]


Computer Security for the 1 Percent: Seth Rogen named “Freedom’s” Man of the Year

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 3:14 pm by George Smith

Freedom … because Google’s toffs and geniuses said so: “Given everything that’s happened, the security implications were very much at the front of our minds,” Google’s Chief Legal Officer David Drummond wrote in a blog post. “But after discussing all the issues, Sony and Google agreed that we could not sit on the sidelines and […]


Keith Alexander really IS a pariah

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 11:48 am by George Smith

In twenty years of writing about computer and national security issues, I’ve never anyone from the top of the US military quite as grasping as former NSA director, Keith Alexander. He’s redefined retiring from service at a whole new level. And I know of no military men, or directors of any intelligence agency, to claim […]


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 […]

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