Wednesday, July 6, 2011

LulzSec "School of Rock" Graduating Class

On June 24th I wrote how LulzSec takes me back to 1965. Alas, hacktivism is today's rock'n roll. Where else can energetic loners engage in righting the wrongs of the world than from their own homes?

  1. You don't like Arizona's immigration laws? Bring down their state systems.
  2. You don't like Florida's feeding the homeless policies? Bring down their state systems.
  3. Ditto for the CIA, the FBI, FOX News, etc.
There's even an online school for hacktivists, put on by the folks at Anonymous. And according to yesterday's Network World story, the first School of Rock hacktivism graduates will be coming online in the next 30 days. Of course, you don't have to subscribe to the Anonymous feeds for your hackucation. As I've said before, "Google makes us all geniuses." Just spend some time on the Web and articles from reputable publications will give you a great tutorial on LulzSec tools (like yesterday's Information Week story that deconstructs some of their hacktivism tools). Cybercrime (excuse me, hacktivism) is indeed a low-barrier-to-entry career

I've been cynical and downright derogatory in my assessment of current political processes. After watching an edited version of the movie 300 yesterday with a grandson (the second half of a double feature that began with Zombiland and a larger audience of grandchildren), I'm particularly negative on not only the I.Q. but of our politicians' actual motivations to make a difference. Because law enforcement is no match for a bunch of adolescents who want to be cultural heroes. Besides, our congress is more likely to opt for policies that garner them campaign contributions and less likely motivated to do the right thing, especially if "the right thing" irritates some large campaign contributors on the D.C. beltway.

In case you haven't yet harkened back to your own teenage years (as did I in my 1965 above-referenced advice to LulzSec), please ask yourself, "What would I have done as a teenager if The Man threatened me?" In my experience, those kinds of motivation translate into a double-dog dare. I'd have been proud to have the Secret Service announce they'll be investigating my Fox News hack

Hence this broken record echoing of mine since October  2010. Monetize enforcement with a well-articulated doctrine of instantaneous and overwhelming (ie, non-proportional) response to cyber incursions. Self preservation will prevail, even amongst teenage boys, who would no more invite the wrath of highly paid cyber "bad asses" than they would flip off a San Bernardino pack of Hells Angels from the rear window of their mother's minivan. There's "crazy" and then there's "just plain stupid."

Of course, the U.S. Congress knows all about "just plain stupid" don't they?


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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?