Russian Hacking Hysteria Reaches New High

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@author Randy Gingeleski

@since 01/02/2017

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War and Code supports John McAfee’s stance on the U.S. government’s “Russian hacking” allegations.

“If I was the Chinese and I wanted to make it look like the Russians did it, I would use Russian language within the code, I would use Russian techniques of breaking into the organization … there simply is no way to assign a source for any attack.” (source)

Hysteria from the fingerpointing is reaching new highs. The following quote is from Vermont governor Peter Shumley. The federal government released some malware signatures that they say proves Russia’s haxxed you.

“Vermonters and all Americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world’s leading thugs, Vladimir Putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid, which we rely upon to support our quality-of-life, economy, health, and safety.” (one VT source)

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My fellow site contributor Evan Saez responded simply by saying “we’re in the twilight zone of 1984.” He also offered the prediction that the big cyber bad guy will pivot to China after Trump’s inauguration.

Cyber warfare, for worse, has become a storytelling vehicle. John McAfee may be pretty wacked on some things, but he’s right about how determining a cyber attack’s origin is a lost cause.

Never mind that it’s an easy enough thing to invent entirely.

Question the stories that are being fed to you.