Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sony Hackers Cost Me H$2 Million in the Last Week

The Interview Featured Image

Of course, the two million was "funny money" in the Hollywood Stock Exchange, a website that gives you two million in funny money to start betting with other investors on how movies are going to do. I parlayed my H$2 million into about H$250 million, and I bet big on the premier of Sony's The Interview. Then the hack hit, and the movie stock went up a bit, before the hackers (I originally thought they were North Korean operatives, but I'm growing more convinced that this was a "false flag operation") threatened terrorist activity in any theaters that played the movie. Regal, AMC and other "major chains" have yanked the movie (see the DEADLINE story here). Talk about drawing people away from going on Christmas or any other Day. Of course, the hackers are costing Sony Entertainment some REAL money. I have some inside information on what really happened with the hack and its aftermath, but I'm not playing the one-upmanship game these days. Suffice it to say, the hackers aren't as clever as the media makes them out to be. They just got lucky.

Which leads me to speculate that this is really a false flag operation. The NORKs and their mental midget Un really aren't that smart. If they were smart, they'd fund their own movie (a comedy) on assassinating President Obama, staring Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu. In fact, a movie about the NORKs making this movie would be a knee-slapper, too.

Alas, I'm letting my money ride on The Interview with the Hollywood Stock Exchange. Even if the movie gets pulled, I'll just lose another H$4 million, which still puts my Hollywood portfolio somewhere around H$280 million. I sure do hope that, even if they pull the movie from theaters, Sony will go to DVD. Because I really would like to see this movie (edited, of course, courtesy of the ClearPlay filtering technology that turns "R" movies into "PG13s").

Friday, December 12, 2014

More Unsolicited Advice to Sony and Japan: Call the Mossad!

The cyber invasion of Sony (definitely a NORK attack, since nobody else on the planet holds Kim Jong Un in anything approaching esteem) prompts me to offer one more in a long string of unsolicited recommendations (enter "Sony" in the search bar to the left for my other postings). Simply, my advice is to CALL THE MOSSAD. The FBI can't find a solution for getting out of a Chinese finger puzzle. The NSA doesn't want to give away anything that might compromise their inventory of zero-day vulnerabilities. Ditto for Homeland Security. So the answer? Call the Israeli Mossad and offer them a blank check the minute they can demonstrate sufficient retaliation and adequate restitution. In fact, to heck with restitution. Give them the blank check AND let them keep any loot from their revenge exploits. I leave it up to you and your government to facilitate the dialogue.

Taman Shud.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Unintended Consequences of North Korea Hacking Sony

Unbelievable stupidity on the part of Kim Jong Un's let's-please-the-boss minions when they not only hacked Sony in retaliation for a comedy making fun of said leader, but who are actually being smug about it to press inquiries. This just goes to show that Kim Jong Un is the only world leader whose laughable stupidity—which he uses as a tactical weapon—keeps backfiring all over him. The net result of the hack will be to take a movie that had marginal possibilities for success and making it a Christmas Day blockbuster. As I have said before:
In a world full of emotional pygmies, the patient man is king.
The good news? A team of reasonably competent hackers will probably be executed by a red-faced midget. Merry Un-Christmas to you for doing exactly what you were told.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Perfect Virus Score Card: NSA-Brit "Regin" Rains Rancid Reign

In March of this year, I added the Russian "Snake" to my last virus score card (see it here). Thanks to today's New York Times story (read it here) referencing Symantec's paper published Sunday (read it here), following is my best estimate of the new "Regin" virus capability as measured against my criteria for the Perfect Virus (read all 22 Principles of the Perfect Virus here):

The good news? This joint US-British effort appears to be a typical government/state-developed piece of bloat-ware that assumes anything worth stealing can be accessed from a Windows environment. Hence, forget about seamless migration (#5), black box portability (#7), no common denominator (#10), and universalization (#18). Net net, government employees and beltway bandit contractors really aren't the best and brightest.

The bad news, however, continues to snowball:
  1. If you're using Windows in any form, you're basically hosed.
  2. If you attempt any aggressive defense against intruders, you're probably going to get hosed repeatedly by one or more cell mates in prison.
  3. This cyberwar escalation can only prompt Mr. Putin to somehow demonstrate to the world that Russia can trump Regin (heaven forbid the U.S. power grid will be a target on Christmas Eve).
  4. With a formal policy of letting the U.S. "fox" guard the henhouse, there is little hope a modern-day Tony Stark will invoke the U.S. Constitution's Article 1 Section 8 clause to become a licensed/bonded cyber privateer and take a victory lap around the Senate proclaiming, "I have successfully privatized world cyber security!"
  5. You really don't want to be driving a car controlled by a Windows-based computer
Hence, we are the equivalent of Princess Leia in the first Star Wars movie, sending Obi Wan (see the YouTube clip here) an SOS:  "Help us Israel; you're our only hope." 

Yep, Israel—the most attacked country in the world—has nothing to lose and everything to gain by monetizing world-wide Internet security. They could make it extremely risky to attack anybody. Heck, I'd buy a you-hack-me-and-I'll-sic-the-Mossad-on-you insurance policy. Shalom, momma!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Yo Israel, What's Happening?

I've long contended that Israel would be the ultimate host country for cyber privateering. I even made that premise a major plot element in my novel, Daddy's Little Felons. Imagine my surprise when Web traffic to this blog increased by 1500% last week from Israel alone. This is a piece of "data exhaust" I'll keep my eye on.

In the meantime, anyone interested in the logic behind my assertion that Israel would indeed be the ultimate host for government-sponsored cyber privateering need simply to enter "Israel" in the search box to the left for a curation of my thinking.