Thursday, February 26, 2015

NSA Crippling the U.S. Tech Economy

Thanks a million, spooks. My bread and butter depends on my tech clients, and the good old NSA mental midgets are killing the tech economy (read proof here). I've opined about China building spyware into their supply chains, and recently how the U.S. is corrupting our own tech products (read my latest post here). Add to that how companies like Monsanto are corrupting our food chain with GMOs, and how Big Pharma is"gaming" FDA checks and balances (see my "Welcome to Zombieland" article on the Jeff Hays movie BOUGHT here). Top it all off with a U.S. president who was toilet trained at gunpoint and is now getting even with the world, and my case for privatizing worldwide Internet security with licensed and bonded cyber privateers isn't such a bad idea at all.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hacking the Food Chain, Turning the USA into ZOMBIELAND

Holy smokes! Haven't Big Food and Big Pharma seen even one ZOMBIE movie? I couldn't resist creating this full-page ad (a "tactical nuke") that ran in today's Wall Street Journal's ARENA section, their OSCAR issue. Filmmaker Jeff Hays couldn't have picked a better time (OSCAR weekend) or a better venue (The Wall Street Journal) to blow the whistle on the people who have no problem trading life for money. Here's the ad:

Question: Shouldn't President Obama consider some creative Executive Orders?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Beyond the Ultimate Virus: Hacking the Supply Chain

Just about a year ago, I last opined about embedding malware into fresh-out-of-the-box computers, peripherals, and smart phones (see the story here). Today's UK Register story blows the whistle on those whacky guys at the NSA (see the full story here). Dig this, sports fans:
The US National Security Agency (NSA) infected hard disk firmware with spyware in a campaign valued as highly as Stuxnet that dates back at least 14 years and possibly up to two decades – all according to an analysis by Kaspersky Labs. 
The campaign infected possibly tens of thousands of computers in telecommunications providers, governments, militaries, utilities, and mass media organisations among others in more than 30 countries. 
The agency is said to have compromised hard drive firmware for more than a dozen top brands, including Seagate, Western Digital, IBM, Toshiba, Samsung and Maxtor, Kaspersky researchers revealed.
I always figured that the feds had some pretty good reasons for blacklisting certain PC manufacturers from selling to the U.S. goverment (ie; Lenovo Huawai to name just two). Turns out, they justifiably feared a Quid Pro Quo from China. Hey, we're doing it to them, so we'd better make sure they don't do it to…U.S.

The new golden rule of cyber security: Keep the bad guys from doing unto U.S. what we're already doing to unto them.

So, you think the spooks are going to single handedly tank the U.S. tech economy?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Another "Proof" that Israel Could be the Ultimate Cyber Privateer Haven

What a great ad agency he has! I'd give my eye teeth to be on his speech-writing team as Bibi prepares to speak before the U.S. Congress (or at least those who don't go AWOL to support a POTUS with such a visceral hatred of the Israeli Prime Minister). I think one speech coud pretty well solve the world cyber security problem. Do a search of "Israel" (in the left-hand box) for my previous articles on Israel. Selah.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

1800CONTACTS Gets Trumped By An Eagle Scout

First 1800CONTACTS tried to hijack the Internet, and got put down by Federal Court Judge Clark Waddoups (see my story here). They appealed, and the appeals court whacked them hard for their insufferable greed (see the story here).  Then on Tuesday this week, 1800Contacts got some big-time publicity on ABC's local news station by giving a whopping $7,500 to the Utah Association of Intellectual Disabilities (see the news coverage here). Wow. A whopping $7,500. Nice headlines. Well, this morning, Christmas Morning, without cameras and fanfare, my namesake grandson (Richard H. Bennett, IV) delivered 75 gift packages to the American Fork (Utah) Development Center.
(L to R: Richard H. Bennett, III, Richard H. Bennett, IV, and me-Jr.)

That's 75 packages filled with the specific Santa lists of severely disabled people. I can only speak for two of the packages, since my wife and I shopped for them, but my grandson's Eagle Scout Project should have at least equalled the $7,500 contributed by 1800CONTACTS.

Those guys should have made a donation at least equal to the several hundred thousand dollars they've spent on frivolous litigation. Of course, their choice of charities probably mirrors their own intellectual disabilities. Paraphrasing author Jeff High, "1800CONTACTS' end of the gene pool needs a little more chlorine."