Get off my lawn.
Get off my lawn.
I'm willing to bet that paying for these employees cell phones was seen as more valuable to the employees than it actually cost the state, therefore it was cheaper than paying however much more cash they would see as the same benefit, over time, and large enough numbers the quality of the workforce in question will decrease by the fifty-some dollars a month per person the state is saving. So basically the whole story is a big fat "yawn" hidden pay cut. Not your rights online, not a sea change, just dumb grandstanding by an aging dork.
I think this attack just shows the difference that good engineering can make. Most worms out there are relatively unsophisticated, or are developed by people with limited means to pull off quick scams.
Stuxnet shows what a truly determined adversary can do. One who knows your internal processes. One who understands your industry-specific software - the stuff nobody outside the industry ever touches. One who has a large team of talented programmers, carefully designing and building the attack. One who has access to government resources - the ability to tap communications lines, inject traffic, etc. One who is funded strategically - they don't want to hold your business for ransom for $1M, they want your $100B company to collapse so that one they favor can take over, or whatever.
The software out there that runs on intranets around the world is some of the most insecure stuff you'll ever see. It rarely gets subjected to serious attack, and the vulnerabilities aren't evident to the average corporate IT guy who is just doing basic due-diligence. Your average PHB doesn't want to pay for testing that will actually uncover serious flaws - they want the system to look good to their customers and have the right bells and whistles - and pricetag.
We'll see more of these attacks in the future - count on it...
This, is why stuff that is important should NOT be connected to the internet. OR allowed to come into contact with jump drives or PCs or anything else that has been exposed to the internet. This is simple. This is stupid. This seems like an old guy railing about the dangers of new technology. This is absolutely true, and will continue to be true. Further examples will be provided by reality for the remainder of your lives. I will continue to be right. This advice will continue to be ignored because it is inconvienent or stupid or old fuddy duddy thinking whatever.
We had an "extremist right wing" president who was completely beholden to the moneyed interests of oil, and the military industrial complex, we replaced him with a "radical left wing" president, and most of the core fundamental policies didn't change. These guys only come off as extreme because you're leaning on pop politics and mainstream news for your "facts." If anything this speaks more about you than anything else. Sure we see a slightly greater competency, and some of the people in charge can now count to 11 on their own, but in the end we're still killing random people around the world with remote controlled airplanes, bowing down to big oil and big money. Care to tell me where you think this competency is? I haven't seen any proof of it. So what wiki-leaks does is pretty much irrelevant.. Unless you're an informant who's been uncovered by this stunt. In that case you'll find them extremely relevant as you endure beatings and electric shock as you lay in a pool of your own piss.... But take heart! Your family might be lucky enough to not be treated to the same if the regime in question is light hearted about it. Otherwise they may already be laying in shallow graves in some back lot of a third world ghetto. But hey, you're a foreigner. We claim that we're on the side of WikiLeaks for bringing the tyranny of the US government to light. But we really don't give fuck all what happens to those who had the balls to take a stand against the kinds of things we claim we're horrified by. Instead we're happy to turn this into a political token where we can point to one side over another.... Irrelevant indeed. You fucking pig.
Okay. The only thing I'm going to argue with here is this. Bush supporters certainly portray Obama as an extremely liberal president. Obama supporters certainly portray Bush as being extremely conservative. Now, how is politics not a game defined by popular perception? Also, what exactly has changed? Are remote controlled airplanes still murdering people around the world? Civil liberties and fourth amendment rights still eroding? Did the world's shining beacon of hope and freedom stop torturing people? Did we quit killing, and detaining people who we can just randomly define as enemies of the people? Did the USA quit supporting EITHER Israel or Saudi Arabia? Do we spend billions protecting against "Islamic extremists" while supporting a government that is by any rational definition THE most extremist Islamic government in the world? At the same time pouring money, blood and treasure to support what is supposedly the antithesis of that regime? We're simultaneously supporting the chief antagonist to the Islamic world, and the source of most of the terror funding... Now, in real terms try to imagine just how freaking stupid that is.. Then come back and tell me American Politics is anything but bought and paid for. Sorry, I just don't see how there's a possible alternate explanation.
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