Cybersecurity weaknesses could prevent US from waging war

By Leeky · 16 replies
Nov 9, 2011
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  1. A former presidential cybersecurity advisor stated at a conference on Monday that U.S. computer networks are so vulnerable to attack that they should think twice before going to war with…

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +859

    Well, that's his job - put a lot of spin on cybersecurity. I don't think you'd hear anything different from anyone else in his position.
  3. chaboi390

    chaboi390 TS Rookie Posts: 83

    He does speak the truth in a sense that if a nation's infrastructure is critically compromised, then its own country is open for an attack.
  4. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    The US seriously needs to grown some kind of backbone when it comes to this stuff.

    "Hey China, you're hacking us."
    "No we're not."
    "Oh, ok, we apologize for accusing you."
  5. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    The guy looks like a snake.
  6. "Cybersecurity weaknesses could prevent US from waging war"

    Waging WAR, prevented by security weaknesses... and this is a bad thing? How?!

    As for all these bogus psy-op worries over "Chinese hackers", note how no one mentions the NSA and how they are in bed with Google already. The NSA has been taken to court over their unlimited access to US citizens' personal data and the result: sorry, you can't know what our ruling is for national security, case dismissed. For godsakes, In-Q-Tel (CIA) seed-funded Google from the beginning. So yes, everyone all together now, we should go and do our best chicken-little impersonation and decry those horrible, mean "Chinese hackers".

    A snake? You're not too far off, according to David Icke all the evil and nefarious freaks controlling the invisible worldwide government are lizards.

    Snake = Lizard (= Cold-blooded = Evil)

    Congratulations, you are correct! You win a fatal automobile accident or an exploding computer ala 9/11-Pentagon.
  7. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,071   +428

    And there's the scariest thing of all, no matter what country your from. If google's data centers were "compromised", imagine the processing power at someone's disposal. Think what would happen if google signed a contract with a government to borrow some servers for just one day.
  8. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    Oops I thought I was at TechSpot, not TinFoilSpot.
  9. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Thanks for letting us know. Now we'll wait for the news of large scale attacks against the US after countries were informed that the US has no way to defend themselves in the event of disruption of their computer systems.

    Ok joking aside this is definitely an issue they need to find a way too resolve.
  10. oh noes the USA cannot attack countries anymore, Wall Street won't like that :/
  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    You forgot to include armed industrial complex (incidentally, which heavily funds not only politicians but ensures that any serving officer who 'serves' their interests will also be given a fair share of this big pie) ....
  12. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    Im pretty sure there will still be a manual overide on these systems.

    Set egg timer, apply voltage, big boom! :)
  13. Has anyone else noticed the rising amount of cyber-security related articles (how china is such a big threat to US, but no hard evidence exists) that are going around lately?

    If I was paranoid I could say that all this is fueled by USA's propaganda machine.

    Stop posting this crap plx.
  14. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Posts: 156

    Oh no!

    They're going to be able to monitor which websites i visit!! oh wait, thats already being done by my isp.

    Ladie and Gentlemen Adjust your tinfoil hats.
  15. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    maybe this will make America think twice before attacking another nation
  16. Not to mention whatever that virus was that is on military computers (and still is I think). The same computers that control drones that spy on people and can be armed with missiles. oops. Last I heard they did not think it was problem because it does not seem to target drones. What happens when some military personal goes rogue? "Here's the program(s) we use to control the drones so go ahead and reverse engineer it for your exploiting pleasure." BOOM *missile from drone blows up w.e the attacker wants. Hell, if the virus or worm is part of a botnet, the one controlling it most likely already knows what program(s) they use to control the drones. Awesome.
  17. Okay so wait, this will stop the US from attacking other nations right? So I don't see the down side...

    Majority of people living on earth are not in USA so yeah, this is a good thing for majority of people, You get my point right?

    China and Russia Rocks

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