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Saturday, January 1, 2011

My 2010 top-ten cyber privateer blog topics

Amazingly, the most-read of my blogs in 2010 was Draft 01: The Cyber Privateer Code. My five elements are one more than Isaac Asimov's four rules of robotics, but seem to stand the test of analysis so far. So in order of audience interest, the top-ten topics are (those items in BOLD RED are hyperlinks to my thoughts on the subject):

  1. Draft 01: The Cyber Privateer Code. This thing appears to "have some legs."
  2. Welcome to "black hats", "white hats", and 21st Century "cyber swashbucklers". This was my very first post, by the way. I "drew my line in the sand" and got the ball rolling.
  3. IP addresses of Chinese attack servers. Yeah, this topic really keeps my juices flowing on a daily basis. If I could figure out a way to legally kneecap these guys, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Remember, the whole point of my blog is to legalize cyber privateers. If it ain't legal, then it ain't part of my program.
  4. Privateer Analytics: high-reward/high-risk numbers. Here I quantify the value privateers had during our Revolutionary War, along with listing their casualties. The "good guys" don't all live through the adventure.
  5. Jeff Walker: Architect of the Perfect Virus. As I put together my Cyber Privateer Fantasy League (see link to the right), it surprises me that this genius got more interest than Larry Ellison, the man I put at the head of the team. 50% more, in fact. This is possibly because his creation of the "22 Principles of the Perfect Application" enabled me to extrapolate the "22 Principles for Creating The Perfect Virus"  (again, see link to the right). And most interesting, Jeff is the only person to have ever built truly self aware systems (The Perfect Virus principle #3).
  6. Larry Ellison is the ideal cyber privateer. If there is one man on the planet with the war-like instincts to save us from cyber criminals and rogue governments, that man would have to be Larry Ellison. He was the first nominee to my Cyber Privateer Fantasy League team and remains my first choice to lead us out of the abyss. I'm yea verily surprised that Jeff Walker has generated fully 50% more readers than Larry. Go figure.
  7. First-mover advantage in cyber privateering: Australia? This is still one my coolest and most perversely practical ideas, suggesting that Australia could be the nucleus of the world-wide cyber privateering movement. Yep, I have high hopes for the Aussies!
  8. The ultimate cyber privateer. Ah yes, Mrs. Black. It's nice to put a face on a function. Clearly, my Canadian artist friend Daryl Mandryk's vision got a few other eyeballs rolling, too. Thanks Daryl.
  9. Cyber privateers must be allowed to hit bad guys' bank accounts. But of course. Because you've got to hit them where it hurts. And if the number-one-read Cyber Privateer Code is obeyed, you can whack 'em so hard they'll never recover. Ever. This is why I think Australia is the logical home to world-wide cyber privateers, because I don't think US politicians could bring themselves to do the right thing.
  10. Who's trying to hack my Linux server today? This was only my fourth post, back on October 16, 2010. Along with the third-most-read topic above, the IP addresses of Chinese attack servers, this continues to be my mantra for changing US cyber law.

So to all you thousands of readers who have been following this work in progress, my odyssey of exploration for a solution to getting the bad guys in line, thanks for your time. I don't know for sure that cyber privateers and Letters of Marque and Reprisal are the right answer, but I have yet to see a better solution. If you have one, let me know. The only push back I've gotten so far is some adolescent from the Netherlands who must be off his meds. Surely ("Hey, don't call me Shirley," yells the 300-pounder from the Netherlands), if there is a rational argument out there against licensed and bonded cyber privateers, someone will share it with me. Maybe in 2011? Then again, maybe not. But fair warning to the schmucks banging on my Linux box: Your days may be numbered. Happy New Year!

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Implementation suggestions for THE MORGAN DOCTRINE are most welcome. What are the "Got'chas!"? What questions would some future Cyber Privateering Czar have to answer about this in a Senate confirmation hearing?