Saturday, May 13, 2017

Trump To Ask Congress To License Bonded Cyber Privateers?

How can the "Beltway Bandits" come to President Trump with a straight face and ask for federal bucks to combat hackers? Especially when the hackers are using stolen N.S.A. tools? The New York Times (click here to see story) calls it an "audacious global blackmail attempt." The UK National Health Service probably uses more colorful invective.

Given that 74 countries were hit hard by a stolen N.S.A. tool, and given that our own government agencies hoard other "zero-day" cyber exploits rather than letting industry know about them so they can be silently fixed, I would advise President Trump to clobber any federal contractor with the Frederick Remington Bronco Buster statue in the Oval Office. Net net: A centrally organized cyber security effort is asinine.

Mr. President, you want to create the biggest job boom in modern history? Simply invoke Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution to have Congress license bonded cyber privateers. Have the NSA act as the bonding authority (see the Cyber Privateer code here), and have the privateers loot the bad guys, splitting the swag 50/50 with the U.S. Justice Department.

Not only would this put a check into the swing of the bad guys, but you'd create a technology boom not seen since the invention of the transistor.

Could be biblical in scope!


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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?