Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pwning the U.S. Senate

The trouble with a proportional-response/let's-not-over-react cyber policy is that a group of pubescent LulzSec hackers doesn't have a problem taking on the computer systems used by the U.S. Senate. Their Time Magazine (Techland) statement:
We don't like the US government very much. Their boats are weak, their lulz are low, and their sites aren't very secure. In an attempt to help them fix their issues, we've decided to donate additional lulz in the form of owning them some more!
I used the term "pubescent" because they have taken great pains NOT to inconvenience the 200,000+ Brink users and "would like for them to speed up the production of Skyrim." Come on. You're going to "Own" (Pwn) the Senate but please speed up production of a fantasy game? Gotta be teens, or maybe twenty-somethings who still live in their mothers' basements.

The Morgan Doctrine demands overwhelming response to ANY cyber intrusion. But maybe the LulzSec yahoos are doing us all a favor. If they publicly bitch-slap the U.S. Senate, maybe a quorum of our august leaders will take a more rational approach to cyber attacks. A virus is the proper metaphor. You don't get just a little HIV. Somebody purposely infecting you is attempting murder and should be treated accordingly.

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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?