Worldwide Cyberattack Awakens New Fears!
Friday, a formidable global cyberattack rampaged through an assortment of different world governments and entities:
- British National Health Service
- America’s Fed Ex
- Germany’s Deutsche Bank
The apparent reason for this vast and highly professional cyberattack was economic ransom from all the attacked systems. The total amount collected would amount to over $1B. Not bad for hitting a few keys on the lap top computer.
Whoever and whatever did this wanted to illustrate one simple point. The world’s financial, health, and political infrastructures were exceedingly vulnerable to the binary computer codes that can and will paralyze the world at will.
The choice of health targets in Britain was an illustration of how vulnerable a state controlled health systems can become without the proper counter-intrusion strategies.
Message: Nothing and no one is sacred. FEAR for your Security!!
This worldwide attack was not a surprise to me. Decades ago, I had concocted a narrative for both the Net Force books and TV series that illustrated how vulnerable our world was to hacking of this type. What has astounded me is that Americans and perhaps the world in general, do not take this vulnerability more seriously. Our extant political and military narratives always conclude with a warped sense of security by our political/military elites insisting that we need more weapons! more ships/planes! more people for more unnecessary wars!
Such an attack portends the future of our highly developed yet latent cyber-warfare arena. The battles of yesteryear have gone by the wayside. However, no one in our executive or legislative branches realize that one more aircraft carrier or one more expensive jet fighter will do absolutely nothing for our future national security. Instead these inane requests will bury our country/people into deeper stifling financial debt.
Ironically China, once the bastion of communism, has now advanced way beyond our own political/military scope of influence by assigning more aid and personnel to construction of ports, trains, and infrastructures, all the way from Djibouti Africa to the Indian Ocean. Instead, we send our brave young men/women to fight against some amorphous entity entitled chaos to justify our rapacious warmongering addiction.
Our country has failed to build an infrastructure which is immune to cyberattacks. We have hired all kinds of specialists who are required to learn on-the-job. Our seventeen disparate intelligence services are bloated, inefficient and counterproductive. It is time that Americans had a public discussion about cyber-warfare as we had one for thirty years during the nuclear missile crises of the Cold War.
Here is an appropriate quote from Bruce Sterling [SciFi Writer]:
“I used to think that cyberspace was fifty years away. What I thought was fifty years away, was only ten years away. And what I thought was ten years away… It was already here… I just wasn’t aware of it.”