Sunday, December 21, 2008

U.S. not ready for cyber attack

From Reuters: Government and industry officials report that the United States is unprepared for a major hostile attack against vital computer networks. This came after participating in a two-day "cyberwar" simulation. The game involved 230 representatives of government defense and security agencies, private companies and civil groups. It revealed flaws in leadership, planning, communications and other issues. Analysts report that there is no response or game plan. Further - There isn't really anybody in charge!

A successful attack could include failure of banking or national electrical systems. There is precedent for large scale cyber attacks. Officials cited attacks by Russia sympathizers on Estonia and Georgia as examples of modern cyber-warfare.

<- Reuters ->

4 comments:

S.M.D. said...

Apparently the people at Reuters are not smart enough to know that that's the kind of stuff you keep to yourself or share with important government people who'll also keep it to themselves. What exactly could be good about announcing to the world that the U.S. is open to cyber-attacks? Don't tell the people who might actually want to try it on us! Give it to someone important in the government and tell them to fix it! Yeesh...

Beam Me Up said...

You know, it's funny you said that, because I sat here for quite a while before I did post it myself with that very same quandary. Then I figured that if Reuters already had, ti was more widely spread than anything I could do. But you know, it really isn't Reuters fault either, this Mark Gerencser of the Booz Allen Hamilton went to great lengths to run his mouth and even this Rep. James Langevin of Rhode Island was quoted! Idiots right in the government for christs sake!

S.M.D. said...

Oh, I wasn't attacking you for posting it or anything. Once Reuters did it it was already out there. Reuters has a lot of popularity. If you had been the one to break the story I doubt it would be a big deal because, no offense, you're not Reuters :P. Things you say aren't likely to hit George Bush's table or snatched up by would-be terrorists who managed to get computers...

And yeah, those other folks are idiots too. This stuff needs to be kept to government people who can do something about it. I mean, I like to know that the government and stuff are willing to tell me important stuff, but this is the kind of stuff I'd rather not know about...and that was a lot of stuffs...

Beam Me Up said...

Nor did I think anything of the sort my friend. I welcome your input and I agree that there are things you just DONT say or write in mixed company ! My point was that it wasn't Reuters call either, the very people that were doing the study were at fault and yoyos in government given the American trust abdicated for 15 minutes of fame. No, I know I am not Reuters, but I expect the right to voice my opinions and in doing, exercising the restraint that comes with that right. I never labor under the misconception that my words reach the ears of the governmental elite, by the same token, I don't think that releases me from opting for restraint at times or exercising common sense. That being said....as a child of the 60s I look at those words I just wrote and realize I have become my father....lol