It’s lamentable that Russians managed to hack the email account of the most powerful man in the world. That not even the White House was protected against that kind of intrusions says a lot about how vulnerable we are in cyberspace. Watch Trend Micro‘s Dave Abramowitz talk about how it was done with Bloomberg‘s Alix Steel:
Isn’t it time that governments and businesses worldwide protect themselves against hackers. That the White House get outsmarted by Russian hackers is deplorable. And the list doesn’t stop there. Is there any major institution or company in the world that has not been hacked?
Pentagon hiring hackers
Personally am of the opinion that it’s excellent that the Pentagon is hiring 3000 hackers to fend off malicious attacks. Vulnerabilities, like the ones in the White House’s system, have to be found and plugged. And considering that the salaries the Pentagon is paying hackers range from US$42,399 to US$132,122 “white hat” hackers should be interested.
Following in Israel’s footsteps
The Israelis have since the 1990s presented hackers with the choice of working for the government or going to jail. You can read more about it here and that was the start of defense unit 8200 that is believed to be behind the Struxnet attack.
Cyberwar more likely than nuclear conflict
Sweden, Finland and Israel are supposed to be best prepared for cyber attacks. Better even than the United States, Germany and Britain, which is alarming since the latter three are more likely to be targeted than Sweden and Finland. India, Brazil and Mexico on the other hand, rank near the bottom. Read more about the cyber arms race going on here.
That Sweden is supposed to be best prepared for cyber attacks is also scary considering that the authorities in Sweden consider themselves to be very vulnerable to malicious attacks. And it happens all the time, unfortunately. The Swedish police are not even capable of investigating online crime due to lack of know how. They should also hire hackers in order to frame people who are robbing others online.
Society can benefit from gifted nerds
It was an unemployed youngster in Southern Sweden that found a way to block computers and demand ransom to unblock them. He now lives and works for a criminal syndicate in Russia. Interpol has a warrant for his arrest but unless he leaves his new homeland he will continue with cyber crime. Would it not have been better if unemployed young IT nerds like him were employed in the public sector to help us cope with cyber attacks. Instead they are not able to find a job and turn to crime. Unfortunately they come up with a lot of clever and sinister ideas. By the way, a Swedish teenager hacked the Pentagon a long time ago. His parents couldn’t believe what he had done when he was caught. These kind of guys have an important role to play in society. Teachers know who they are so all countries should find and educate them for the good of society instead of letting them feel let down and decide to grab as much from others as their skills allow them.
It seems to me that, all in all, governments worldwide are turning a blind eye to the problem of malicious hacking hoping that someone else will solve the problem. But considering that it’s not going to happen wouldn’t it be a good idea for all countries to follow in Israel’s and the Pentagon’s footsteps and hire hackers.
Do you agree with me that it’s time for authorities and businesses worldwide to thoroughly protect themselves against malicious attacks? Should IT nerds, such as the young Swede who could not get a job, be found and trained by governments to benefit society? Would that stop them from turning to crime? Do you also have a feeling that most people in leading positions are hoping the problem of hackers will simply go away? If not, why are they not doing more than they are? Are you also of the opinion that when it comes to cybercrime and cyber warfare we ain’t seen nothing yet?
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