BruceVC Posted January 9, 2017 Share Posted January 9, 2017 (edited) Sup All I have realized that for some people there is a misunderstanding around the relevance and perceived impact around this whole " Russia hacked the DNC ", personally I have always been very concerned about the Russian hacking but I never explained the context and history of aspects of cyber-warfare perpetrated by the likes of Russia and why it should matter. This post is a discussion around this First important consideration is this whole Russian hacking is not about changing the election result, Trump won, and is not even about the hacking of the DNC. This is about something much more significant and is more about the principle and global position of " should the global community accept this type of interference and potential impact that the Russian hacking represents " Many countries engage in aspects of cyber-warfare\hacking and in many cases this is state sponsored, state sponsored means the actual government is involved which means hackers have increased access to resources and state funds which logically makes the hacking more effective than some guy living in a basement trying to discover if aliens are in control of the CIA For example China has hacked the USA in the interests of corporate espionage on numerous examples http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/chinas-great-brain-robbery-hacking-us-companies-national-security-emergency-1538590 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/federal-eye/wp/2015/07/09/hack-of-security-clearance-system-affected-21-5-million-people-federal-authorities-say/?utm_term=.129e3ed13ed4 NK hacked Sony http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/north-korea-behind-sony-hack-u-s-officials-n270451 Israel and the USA hacked Iran and created the Stuxnet virus to impact their nuclear program http://www.jpost.com/Iranian-Threat/News/Stuxnet-virus-set-back-Irans-nuclear-program-by-2-years But in almost all these cases, except Stuxnet, the objective of the hacking was corporate espionage or a political statement. So in other words the Chinese want access to the corporate and government IP of the USA so they can grow there own economy But the Russians under Putin have been doing something more insidious and more advanced than any other country over the last 10 years. They have taken hacking to a different level and there hacking has directly impacted the government institutions and infrastructure of numerous countries....there objective through cyber-warfare is not just economic gain, which is normal, but rather an attempt to implement social and political change. Some good links to read for a summary of this An overview of Russian hacking over the last 10 years targeting the USA and other states http://www.techpolicydaily.com/technology/russians-hacking-dnc-america/ The attacks on Estonia http://archive.wired.com/politics/security/magazine/15-09/ff_estonia?currentPage=all The attacks on Georgia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberattacks_during_the_Russo-Georgian_War The attacks on Ukraine https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/22/dnc-hack-crowdstrike-ukraine-malware-russia So in closing anyone who cares or supports the principle of a government being independent or anyone who cares about a free society needs to ask themselves a very important question " do I believe a foreign country has the right to impact my government institutions, like a power grid, through hacking and cyber-warfare" If the answer is " no " then these Russian hacks should matter because as I mentioned in the beginning this is not about the DNC but rather the fact Russia has the view and ability to attempt to influence the social and political stability of a country like the USA the same way it has impacted other countries like Estonia and Georgia Edited January 9, 2017 by BruceVC "Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is and saw Virtue in her shape how lovely: and pined his loss” John Milton "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” - George Bernard Shaw "What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead" - Nelson Mandela Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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