Friday, January 22, 2010


One prescription for trouble on your mind.

It's Freaky Friday

"President Barack Obama continues to be troubled by a cyber security breach at Google in China that has the company threatening to pull its operations out of China, the White House said on Friday," reported Reuters.

"White House spokesman Bill Burton made clear that Obama agreed with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who said on Thursday that 'countries or individuals that engage in cyber attacks should face consequences and international condemnation.'

" 'All we're looking for from China are some answers,' Burton told reporters traveling with Obama on a trip to Ohio.

"He said Obama 'continues to be troubled by the cyber security breach' that Google Inc. blamed on China."

Sitting duck

"Cyber attacks can potentially dive into our defense systems, interrupt air traffic and damage many areas of our infrastructure

"It's time we recognize the cyber world has changed. It's getting more sophisticated and the United States is a sitting duck. We must fight back, our national security depends on it." -- un-bylined opinion, Tri-Valley Herald

Give US More King of Quote -- Updated hourly

"There are least 100 countries with cyber espionage capabilities," warns Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute ..." -- Fox

"According to SANS Institute research director Alan Paller, 'The problem is 1000 times worse than what we see.' But the tip of the iceberg is still large ..."
--Foreign Policy

"Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, a security education organization, said American technology companies had gotten better about [etc]... -- The New York Times, Jan 19, Fearing Hackers Who Leave No Trace

" 'Whining about this won't stop it,' said Alan Paller director of research for the SANS Institute, a Bethesda, Md.-based security institute. -- PC World

"Alan Paller, managing director of The SANS Institute and a leading expert on Chinese-sponsored cyberintrusions ... " -- USA Today

"The latest attacks are just the latest in a series of attacks from China on nonmilitary Web sites, according to Alan Paller ... " -- CNET

"Google is the first to publicly protest censorship or openly complain about cyberattacks, which are part of doing business in China, says Alan Paller." -- USA Today

" 'This is highly likely to be much wider than even Google knows,' said Alan Paller, director of research for the SANS Institute ..." -- The Register

Rolodex journalism

"There is a standard 'rolodex' for many different subjects, in which the same people get called over and over to talk about the same topic ... It's not exactly clear how one gets on or off these lists, which are self-perpetuating. Certainly there is some laziness and tunnel vision involved on the part of the reporters/editors." -- a colleague of DD's


"Marc Faber, the Swiss fund manager and Gloom Boom & Doom editor, said the US administration's interventions in the market will not solve problems and will bring about unintended consequences," it was said here.

"I don't have a very high opinion of Mr. Obama ... I was negative of Mr. Bush but I think Mr. Obama makes him look like a genius."

"The legendary investor reiterared [sic] his belief that eventually there will be a big bust and then the whole credit expansion will come to an end. But before that happens, governments will continue printing money which in time will lead to a very high inflation rate, and the economy will stop responding to stimulus.

"The average family will be hurt by that, and then in order to distract the attention of the people, the US governments will go to war."

"In one of his most memorable rants, Faber then explained what kind of war he sees in the future.

"This war will be different from World War I where troops faced each other in trenches or World War II where tank divisions faced each other, he said. This will be Cyber War, Faber said. A war where you can turn a switch and turn the London electricity supply off. This will be a war where you can stop airplanes from flying and bring the whole financial system of a country to a halt."

Hipsters, pony tails, Mountain Dew

"At a Raytheon facility here south of the Kennedy Space Center, a hub of innovation in an earlier era, rock music blares and empty cans of Mountain Dew pile up as engineers create tools to protect the Pentagon’s computers and crack into the networks of countries that could become adversaries. Prizes like cappuccino machines and stacks of cash spur them on, and a gong heralds each major breakthrough.

" 'Everybody’s attacking everybody,' said Scott Chase, a 30-year-old computer engineer who helps run the Raytheon unit here. Mr. Chase, who wears his hair in a ponytail ... "

" 'It takes a nonconformist to excel at what we do,' said [one cool cat], a tanned surfing aficionado who looks like a 1950s hipster in his T-shirts with rolled-up sleeves." -- press release for military contractor hires, published in the New York Times, sometime around the middle of last year.

Cult of Cybersecurity -- always popular.


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