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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Syrian Data Exhaust: "Assad Na Zdorovie, Obama Nyet!"

In my last post, I hypothesized that either Russia or China were arming the Syrian Electronic Army with cyberwar technology (thanks to Jerry Pournelle's and Larry Niven's novel Footfall, I had a metaphor to describe how such a group of incompetents as the SEA could mount such sophisticated attacks on The New York Times and on the USMC website). Given that Russian President Vladimir Putin has openly stated Russia will provide Syria with a missile shield should the U.S. launch an attack (see story here), there may not be enough to convict Russia in a criminal court. But any Las Vegas bookmaker would be crazy to bet against that hypothesis. So yes, it's the Russians. China, I'll let you off the hook this time. But only this time.

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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?