Sunday, July 9, 2017

How About Promoting an Arsonist to Fire Chief?

Ah... Sunday morning, the time of week when nothing goes on, a good morning to sleep in after a long, late night. Hey, let me check the t00bz while I hit the commode... WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?!?!?

Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded..

I realize that the current occupant of the White House is a dumbass and a nutbar, but this is beyond the pale! If President Obama had so much as hinted that he wanted a joint cyber-security unit with even our closest allies, such as Canada or the UK, it would have caused a meltdown in Congress and the media. The very idea that Vulgarmort would even consider a joint cyber defense pact with the unfriendly (to the US and the EU) regime which hacked the US electoral system and, even more alarmingly, US nuclear power plants is enough to give a thinking person the creeping horrors.

This really should be the beginning of the end for dumb Donald, but the feckless GOPers are the types to criticize, then do nothing... for instance, Marco Rubio criticized Trump, but can't be relied on to stop the insanity- he's all hat tiny bottle no cattle water.

The really crazy thing is that Trump is still rambling on about this issue hours after his initial tweet:

The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn't mean I think it can happen. It can't-but a ceasefire can,& did!

This is not normal, and whether he's trolling or he's actual nuts makes no real difference. Either way, he is doing irreparable harm to our security apparatus. The real tragedy is that the GOP Congress can't be relied on to 25 45.


mikey said...

Nope. If you read the actual text of the 25th, you'll see it can never actually be used. Which is probably a good thing for the Underlying democracy itself. Removing an elected president because he's unpopular is how they do it in authoritarian nations - it's typically called a coup d'etat.

As far as the cyber security issues go, I need to write a blog post. People (including Trump, who doesn't understand the network protocols and security policies that exist now, and he sure can't be expected to actually learn anything) conflate all sorts of issues, from social media engineering to Phishing, from Advanced Persistent Threats to script-based worms.

Most of the conversation around the 'hacking' of the election gets these wrong, or at least can't seem to understand where one process ends and the next one starts. The most infuriating thing (to me, anyway) is the endless discussion about 'hackers' exploiting electronic voting machines. THEY ARE NOT CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET! The only way they can be 'hacked' is at the factory, or by somebody who knows how to enter administrative mode. And they pretty consistently produce a paper backup record that can be easily read and counted electronically.

Cyber attacks on voting and electoral systems are not that kind of brute force frontal assaults. They are much more multi-faceted and subtle, depending on the desired outcome (not always to choose a winner, sometimes just to disrupt the process)...

bowtiejack said...

This whole Trump thing (and his "administration") is starting to feel like the difference between playing a doctor on TV and actually being able to handle medical emergencies.

Do you really choose your surgeon based on how kickass you think his baseball cap is?