In an Age of Cyber Wars

 

I don’t own a smart phone. I use an old-fashioned flip phone and I have trouble reading texts or retrieving voice mail messages on it.

I don’t own a laptop or a notebook. I sit at a desk and type these blogs on a 10-year-old PC that crashes mysteriously from time to time.

As you might imagine, my background in electronics is scant. When I got a job editing user manuals three decades ago, I had to look up the meaning of “macro.”

So you can imagine how bewildered I am by today’s whirlwind advances in the cyber world.

And I suspect I am not alone.

As I scan pictures of our lawmakers, many with gray hair and wrinkled faces, I wonder how these old fogies are going  to cope with the sophisticated threats America is facing.

Today’s wars aren’t fought only with bombers and tanks.  They’re also fought with computers.  Armies of hackers are deployed to infiltrate and control an enemy’s electronic infrastructure.

So when I read that the Russians haven’t just hacked into our electoral systems but also into computers controlling power grids and nuclear plants, it seems obvious to me that America is under attack.

Putin’s cyber forces are burrowing into our national defenses even as he hugs his buddy Trump and amiably answers questions from American reporters.

And this is not just the addled opinion of an old Luddite like me. According to Dan Coats, the US director of National Intelligence :

Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack.

How naive we must seem to our wily Russian invaders. How easy a target this country has become despite our monstrous defense budgets and nuclear arsenal.

While American battleships steam menacingly into the South China Sea and Trump brags about militarizing space, Russian attackers are hacking into the electronic brain that runs everything in America.

Who knows how deeply the Russian tentacles have spread? Who can guess what’s next?

The fogies in Congress want to know. A House subcommittee is holding hearings to try and figure things out. But they might be too late.

We may already be in Putin’s iron grip. Not just because he owns Trump, but because he might also control our country’s electronic brain.

An expert’s urgent warning

Hacking our power grid

Arrest of Russian attackers

What Congress is doing

8 thoughts on “In an Age of Cyber Wars

  1. This looks like propaganda that suits the time.

    This business about hacking the infrastructure is old news; but it’s getting a face-lift because (for some reason) the deep state seems extremely opposed to Trump’s overtures to Russia.

    Essentially, everything that’s hackable is always hacked. Russia hacks everybody in case they go to war with anybody. The US also hacks everybody; and everybody hacks everybody else.

    Get a grip.

  2. Mr. Logic Fish, I have news for you. Only half your name suits the person you portray on this blog. The fish suits you to a tee but you are sadly lacking in logic. All you are doing in your criticisms of George’s blog is to make your readers pissed off. And you seem to admire this blubbering idiot called Trump who is having meetings with Putin behind closed doors.. God alone knows what information he is disclosing, this is paramount to being a traitor to his country. Billy G.

  3. I certainly never claimed to be “with it,” LogicFish. And you are being disrespectful to tell me to “get a grip” at my advanced age. If you aren’t courteous, you will only succeed in making me think poorly of you.

  4. I apologise to our gentle blogger. I didn’t get enough sleep and wasn’t at my best. I’ll try to be courteous.

  5. This is a very real threat to the country. They can shut us down if we are not careful. The country needs to defend itself on all fronts.

  6. In the wake of the Russia summit, I met a stranger and came to conversing. He remarked that, “they had no trouble putting down Kennedy — what’s taking so long with this guy?”

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