12/14/16

Cyberfollies

The New York Times has a pretty good article on 'the Russian invasion:'

The perfect weapon: how Russian cyberpower invaded the US

Of course, the Trumpkins are holding their hands over their ears and yelling "Nyah nyah nyah I can't hear you!" in what we have come to see as a typical response to anything they don't want to hear.

On the other hand, the Clintonistas are screaming and whining that the Rooskis, working hand-in-glove with Our Donald, have stolen the election.

Both perspectives are childish, juvenile beyond comprehension. Both miss the main point; that the Russians have hacked into some places where they can do us great damage. One is in denial; the other is so self-absorbed it makes one want to vomit.

Here's the deal:

His message was brief, if alarming. At least one computer system belonging to the D.N.C. had been compromised by hackers federal investigators had named “the Dukes,” a cyberespionage team linked to the Russian government.

The F.B.I. knew it well: The bureau had spent the last few years trying to kick the Dukes out of the unclassified email systems of the White House, the State Department and even the Joint Chiefs of Staff, one of the government’s best-protected networks.

There's the problem. Our Russian friends and allies (also Our Donald's business partners, but let's set that aside for now) are tip-toeing through our tulips, pretty much with impunity.

"... the government's best-protected networks ..."

Seriously? 'Best protected?' From what? Miss Peach's 4th grade keyboarding class?

What about our banking system? Utilities infrastructure SCADA networks?

Here is a measure of the incompetence that made the penetration so easy for our Presidential business partners:

Yared Tamene, the tech-support contractor at the D.N.C. who fielded the call, was no expert in cyberattacks. His first moves were to check Google for “the Dukes” and conduct a cursory search of the D.N.C. computer system logs to look for hints of such a cyberintrusion. By his own account, he did not look too hard even after Special Agent Hawkins called back repeatedly over the next several weeks — in part because he wasn’t certain the caller was a real F.B.I. agent and not an impostor.

This guy claiming to be an FBI agent calls, tells Tamene that he has a major hack of his system ...and the best he can do is a bit of Googling? No call back to the FBI to confirm that the agent is real?  That's a level of incompetent dumbassery that is mind-boggling.

Sound vaguely familiar? It should:




and yet all we can get out of the president-elect is his claim the CIA is 'ridiculous.'

“I think it’s ridiculous,” Trump told Chris Wallace in interview that aired on “Fox News Sunday,” his first Sunday show sit-down since winning the election. “I don’t believe it.”

and all his supporters can do is ...


And the Democrats ... well ... at this point, what difference do they make.