Exponential Growth of Insecurity
- There is no such thing as cyber security. The
only choice is more security or less security,
as the recent hack of the National Security
stole from NSA a cyber weapon, which has been
used in attacks (at time of writing) on 150
countries, shutting down elements of the British
National Health Service, the Spanish
telecommunications company Telefonica,
automakers Renault and Nissan, Russia’s Interior
Ministry, Federal Express, the energy company
PetroChina, and many more.
news spin is to not blame NSA for its
carelessness, but to blame Microsoft users for
not updating their systems with a patch issued
two months ago. But the important questions have
not been asked: What was the NSA doing with such
malware and why did NSA not inform Microsoft of
Clearly, NSA intended to use the cyber weapon
against some country or countries. Why else have
it and keep it a secret from Microsoft?
to be used to shut down Russian and Chinese
systems prior to launching a nuclear first
strike against the countries? Congress should be
asking this question as it is certain that the
Russian and Chinese governments are. As I
previously reported, the Russian High Command
has already concluded that Washington is
preparing a nuclear first strike against Russia,
and so has China.
extremely dangerous that two nuclear powers have
this expectation. This danger has received no
attention from Washington and its NATO vassals.
Microsoft president Brad Smith likened the theft
of the NSA’s cyber weapon to “the US military
having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen.” In
other words, with cyber weapons, as with nuclear
weapons and short warning times, things can go
wrong in a big way.
the hackers had successfully attacked the
Russian Ministry of Defense or radar warning
systems, would the Russian High Command have
concluded that the cyber attack was Washington’s
prelude to incoming ICBMs?
fact that no one in Washington or any Western
government has stepped forward to reassure the
Russian government and demand the removal of the
US missile bases surrounding Russia indicates a
level of hubris or denial that is beyond
May 12 posting I wrote: “The costs of the
digital revolution exceed its benefits by many
times. The digital revolution rivals nuclear
weapons as the most catastrophic technology of
our time.” In response, Robert Henderson wrote
to me from England that he had addressed the
enormous costs of the digital revolution in
2010. Here is the link to his article, “Men and
Machines: Which is Master Which is Slave?”
his article will raise your awareness. When you
add up the vast financial costs, the
depersonalization of human relationships, and
the complete loss of individual privacy and
security, the benefit of being connected is
vastly outweighed by the costs.
files are far more secure. Malware cannot be
introduced into them. To steal a person’s
information required knowing the location of the
information, breaking into the building,
searching file cabinets for the information, and
copying the information. To intercept a voice
communication required a warrant to wiretap a
specific telephone line.
born into a world where the ease of
communication comes at the price of the loss of
autonomy never experience privacy. They are
unaware that a foundation of liberty has been
era of controlled print and TV media, the
digital revolution serves for now as a check on
the ruling elite’s ability to control
explanations. However, the same technology that
currently permits alternative explanations can
be used to prevent them. Indeed, efforts to
discredit and to limit non-approved explanations
are already underway.
enemies of truth have a powerful weapon in the
digital revolution and can use it to herd
humanity into a tyrannical distopia. The digital
revolution even has its own Memory Hole. Files
stored electronically by older technology can no
longer be accessed as they exist in an outdated
electronic format that cannot be opened by
current systems in use.
are proving to be the most stupid of the life
forms. They create weapons that cannot be used
without destroying themselves. They create
robots and free trade myths that take away their
jobs. They create information technology that
destroys their liberty.
Dystopias tend to be permanent. The generations
born into them never know any different, and the
control mechanisms are total.
digital screen serves as Soma.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of
the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate
editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was
columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News
Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many
university appointments. His internet columns
have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts'
latest books are
The Failure of Laissez Faire
Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West,
How America Was Lost,
The Neoconservative Threat to
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