Rumors of Cyber Wars
We’ve been aware for some time that there is a certain irritation that the controllers feel toward the onslaught of information freely passed around on the internet.
A well-educated populace, free to learn and share information, is not easily kept within the confines of state approved societal structures.
The internet, at some point, will come under direct assault by the state… and we’ve been hearing whispers of “cyber-security” laws which will forever alter the freedom of speech and information on the web as we’ve known it.
Is Stuxnet the tool that’s been built to usher in the new cyber-world order?
If you haven’t heard the name of the revolutionary malware worm until now… just pray it doesn’t become a household name in the next few months. Stuxnet is a complex, Windows specific worm built to spy on and reprogram critical industrial computer systems. A first ever of it’s type in that it has a PLC rootkit… it uses default passwords to control software.
This worm, far from being the work of a super-nerd in his mother’s basement, has been estimated to have taken at least 6 months of work by a team of highly trained professionals to achieve. It required those who built it to have a working understanding of industrial computer processes, and it upgrades itself even after the initial command and control server is disabled.
Stuxnet was first discovered in June by a security firm in Belarus… since then it has targeted Indonesia, India, Pakistan and most notably… Iran where it reportedly targeted their nuclear facility. Most recently it has hit in Beijing, China where it attempted to infiltrate China’s key industries.
The worm was constructed for espionage and sabotage… it was clearly designed and released by a government.
The question as to who is responsible has been narrowed down to two obvious choices… Israel and the United States.
It has been widely claimed that it was targeting Iran specifically and that it was meant to disable their nuclear program, and yet many other countries have been infiltrated by it as well. Simply collateral damage?
I don’t believe so… I believe Stuxnet was created to run like a global cyber pandemic. A worm meant to hit at the most critical infrastructures of any or all nations… a very timely and convenient reason to play the “national security” card in dealing with an internet which has been, to the powers of governance, a thorn in their collective side. A perfect excuse to make it “necessary” for cyber-security laws to be passed.
When a so-called “terrorist threat” is announced it is the historical pattern that those who pay for the threat are not those faceless foreign agents which the government names as the perpetrators… but the citizens.
It will be the citizens who take the brunt of the blow if important infrastructure comes crashing down… and it will be the citizens who pay for the remedy… both literally and otherwise.
The big mouths on the internet are the problem as far as the controllers are concerned… but in reality they are also the solution to Their solution.
It is with that in mind, that I run my big mouth about this issue… seeing it for what it could possibly become and hoping that enough voices have the volume, as they have in the past, to erode the confidence of those who want to silence them.
No one in this nation is not able to see the value of being able to freely state their own opinion, pass some useful information along or have confidence in the right to their own privacy.
To believe that those things are not being actively demolished ,one small increment at a time, is flatly the result of willful ignorance that could cost every person who values those things for themselves… all of that and more.
We now have a “free country” with “free speech zones”… and requirements for permits in order to protest. Who can’t see the irony there? Since freedom has already gone the way of the dodo on the street… the cyber frontier remains the only relatively free communication left. So far…
For the third time, a cyber-security exercise conducted by Homeland Security is now underway in this country, going by the title “Cyber Storm III”.
If this basically constitutes battle preparations for cyber-warfare… make no mistake, we are the enemy they mean to engage.