I feel a bit like Lucille Ball in that now famous “Vitameatavegamin” commercial from I Love Lucy: “Does your computer run slow? Internet connection slower than evolution, when it’s not altogether spotty? Even after several Virus scans? Is your computer listless, shifty, unstable or otherwise sociopathic and untrustworthy even though it’s brand new out of the box? Does it still skip keystrokes? or add a few, even after you’ve given it an injection of Cybermeatasecuriscan?”
Like Lucy, you might feel after such an exhausting day wrestling with such issues, that you should pop out at parties and that all your answers are in “this bittle lottle” which “taste like candy”.
But we could get more serious. Have you ever noticed any of the following symptoms: destroyed data, denials of service for no apparent reason, degraded capability or internet connections? endless small interruptions of service, corruptions of other sorts, or even complete unresponsiveness as you watch someone else typing on your computer?
Well, if so, it might be “your” government “protecting” you:
“General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, told a symposium in Washington last October that the United States is prepared to do more than just block computer attacks. “Part of our defense has to consider offensive measures,” he said, making him one of the most senior officials to admit that the government will make use of malware. Earlier in 2012 the U.S. Air Force invited proposals for developing “Cyberspace Warfare Attack capabilities” that could “destroy, deny, degrade, disrupt, deceive, corrupt, or usurp the adversaries [sic] ability to use the cyberspace domain for his advantage.” And in November, Regina Dugan, the head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, delivered another clear signal about the direction U.S. defense technology is heading. “In the coming years we will focus an increasing portion of our cyber research on the investigation of offensive capabilities to address military-specific needs,” she said, announcing that the agency expected to expand cyber-security research from 8 percent of its budget to 12 percent.” (Welcome to the Malware-Industrial Complex)
Now, note it’s not just the USA doing this, but just about every other country and quite a few private corporations.
But even now, as I am attempting after HOURS of of wrestling with such issues, I cannot help but think that My tax dollars are at work again, after all, this is the same government that denies that it ever practices on its on population…
See you on the flip side.