Lawrence Lessig, a respected Law Professor from Stanford University told an audience at this years Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Half Moon Bay, California, that “There’s going to be an i-9/11 event” which will act as a catalyst for a radical reworking of the law pertaining to the internet.
Looks like the US government wants to further control the internet before the greatest financial collapse in world history happens, because this may not be good enough:
And if this is true…
– 1 in 4 US Hackers ‘Is An FBI Informer’ (Guardian)
… then how come the FBI is not able to do anything about this?
– Hackers Are Everywhere. Panic! (PCMag, June 17, 2011):
When is the last time you can recall so many news items about hackers? It’s become a massive meme within society as a whole. Hardly a day goes by without some discussion or news about hackers.
And, I should mention this right off: If there was ever any attempt to soft-pedal the word hacker versus cracker (with hacker meaning a guy who likes to fool around with his computer to discover new things and the cracker meaning the evil, black-hat criminal), well that definition is done. The hacker today is now the cracker for all practical purposes of discussion.
Now that I have that definition out of the way, let me try and figure out what is going on here.
First of all, there is no real outbreak of hacking. None of this is new. It’s just that, for some reason, the media has decided to get on the bandwagon, and now not a day goes by without some sort of hacking story. And, of course, we have to have our hacking “bad guys.” This means Anonymous, 4Chan, LulzRaft and LulzSec, among others. You can go into the sociology of these groups on your own time. You can research hacktivism and Lulz for starters.
From my perspective, the only reason the media is all over this is because there are group names attached to various attacks and this makes it easier to write a story. The fact is the hacking scene with many of the exact same players goes back decades. It’s just that nobody was paying attention.
The media perked up when Sony was attacked over and over. I’m guessing a lot of reporters were spending too much time on the Sony online gaming system, and this got them to take action by writing about it. The Sony attacks seem to stem from some grievance that has been poorly reported.
But there is a lot of attention now turned toward hacking in general.
Out of the blue, Citigroup was hacked, then the CIA, and then the FBI and other groups were hacked. Now I’m finding this a little odd and wondering who is being set up here. Supposedly, some of the hacks of government agencies stem from the arrest of a few hackers in Europe. This is an attempt to make the hackers appear to be online versions of Hezbollah, as there are retaliatory attacks reported. You know, the way terrorists would do it.
It’s all possible, but I’m suspicious of the whole scene. These hackers, who are normally casual in their approach, are made to look like bomb throwing Trotskyites from the 1920s, each wielding a Molotov cocktail and out to overthrow the government.
This above mental image, of course, is for public benefit. By making any one of these hackers appear to be a horrendous threat to public safety, a number of initiatives can be rushed through Congress. All sorts of onerous laws will be passed, which probably will not affect the scene at all but will allow more government intrusion into the Internet. It will become illegal to sell any programming tools that can be used by a hacker, despite the usefulness of these tools to security experts. It will also become a felony to attempt to deconstruct a password or enter a system for whatever reason.
I have predicted for years that at some point people are going to have to be registered and licensed to use the Internet at all. You can see it coming as clear as day. These hackers, of course, have to be stopped, and this is how they’ll do it.
There are events in history known as false flag events. These are staged by a government usually to distress the public, so the government can do something that the public would otherwise disapprove.
The U.S. is notorious for a couple of these, including Lyndon Johnson’s phony Gulf of Tonkin “event” to start the Viet Nam War in 1964. This was deemed necessary to begin a full scale war with public approval and is now well documented as a false flag event. It never happened.
Many believe that the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana in 1889, which triggered the Spanish-American War, was also a staged event. This was never fully proven but always suspected.
Most political junkies are always aware of these possibilities. But, as far as I know, nobody has ever really considered the fact that any number of hacker attacks could be false flag events or, in other words, fake. The way the news is covering hacking lately, I suspect we are about to see a big one soon. A whopper that will upset everyone.
The end result will be a huge sweep of every hacker and would-be hacker with a grateful public cheering on the government. The hackers will not know what hit them, as they are arrested in a huge sweep. Give the possibility of this scenario about a year and see if I’m right.