National Geographic (2008)
Web Warriors is a documentary about the vulnerability of major computer-controlled power, communication, transport and military grids to attacks by hackers, viruses and worms that have the potential to bring regional and national economies to a standstill.
The goal of the film is to confront viewers with the stark reality that the Internet was never designed to be secure. The World Wide Web was never designed to be an engine of commerce or to safeguard bank and other financial data. At present, it’s still virtually impossible to design a 100% secure computer network.
The video opens by exploring the likelihood that the August 24 blackout that shut down the eastern US and Canada for two days in August 2003 was most likely caused by a computer worm attack, rather than a “programming error,” as claimed by company officials.
It goes own to identify other Fortune 500 companies shut down at various times by hackers, including Yahoo, Ebay, Dell, CNN, Amazon, Amtrak and Air Canada. Most companies try to cover up incidents of cybercrime so as not to alarm their shareholders or customer base.
Microsoft’s monopoly on the operating systems used in commercial computer networks (ie they all use Windows) significantly increases their vulnerability to hacking, viruses and worms.*
*This was seen recently in the critical infrastructure in countries all over the world shut down by the May 2017 WannaCry Ransomware attack. See WannaCry Ransomware Everything You Need to Know
It is also ridiculous to think that anti-virus software that we pay for is going to keep our computers virus free. My bank is always going at me for not engaging in online banking and I have told them that if Equifax can be hacked, if government computers can be hacked, if store credit/debit card systems can be hacked, then so can my little setup. It is almost as though they want our accounts hacked.
There is no security anymore especially seeing as how even our medical records are online for anyone to hack into them and read up on our entire medical history and post it on some website charging a fee to find out all about us. We can’t even get a parking ticket and think it’s not going to show up on some search engine. We have NO privacy at all. Hell! Even if a person lives off the grid, some satellite somewhere can hone in on them. You’re not even safe camping out in the woods.
So, I cannot say that I am surprised by any of this.
Thanks for posting this Dr. Bramhall!
I, too, find the loss of piracy extremely worrying, Shelby. You’re really lucky to have a bank. Every time I go to a new bank, they close it down. I guess providing commercial banking services (other than usury-based credit cards) has ceased to be profitable, and this is why banks are pressuring people to bank on line. Here in New Plymouth, we have started several savings pools through which we lend and borrow money. This makes it possible to have as little as possible to do with banks.
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ANY KIND OF SECURITY NO MATTER WHAT IT IS, IS A MYTH. WE ARE ALL OPEN WOUNDS AND SORES FOR THEM TO PENETRATE AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, AND WHY NOT THE GLOBALISTS ELITE ARE TRYING TO MURDER US ANYWAY, SO WHY WOULD THEY EVEN CONSIDER ANY SECURITY. SECURITY TO THEM MEANS NOTHING BUT CONTROL!!! KEEP UP THE BLOGGING DR. BRAMHALL!!!
From everything I read, futuret, this is very typical behavior for a dying empire – the weaker they become the more they brutalize their subjects in their endeavor to retain control. Hopeful the American empire will die quickly and we’ll all get some relief soon.
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Computer security is big money these days. It’s also quite probably impossible.
True. Ironic designers make money on something designed as flawed. Sorta like car makers getting a kickback on tickets speeding cars with slightly flawed odometers!….fuck…prob should have sold them idea ….anyway , as for me. It doesnt matter what they know ……My life is an open book…turned page by page…removed daily …to wipe the. Ass of my fate….
I personally find it really sad, Christopher, that ordinary people didn’t keep control over the Internet to make sure it was used for the purpose it was intended – information sharing. If only we could have prevented banks and corporations from seizing control of it to enhance their profits – and shutting down all the bricks an mortar operations that for me were a fundamental part of my social circle.
Good morning my kiwi friend. Not only it was never designed to be a secure medium in the first place but it has also been maliciously designed to be controlled by entities with ” higher intelligence” like government agencies and , God forbid, Artificial Intelligence. I am going to see the sequel of “Blade Runner” next week with the latent fear that Mankind is edging even closer to its demise from this planet. By the way I’d like you to read and comment my blog on the vile treatment of the poor in the BRSF, if you don’t mind of course.
Thanks for directing me to your excellent blog, Dr Laplume – great post, by the way.
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If it’s not too much asking Stuart please read and comment my blog “The forgotten Americans” against the shameful social policy of mass incarceration of Minorities in the USA. Thanks.
Thanks for posting this Dr. Bramhall! We can’t even aim a parking just the ticket and call back it’s not going to appearance up on some search locomotive engine.
I’m currently reading a book by Alfred McCoy, ComputerBook, about the unbelievable growth of the surveillance state. Sometimes you don’t realize how big it is till you look at actual numbers of phone and electronic communications they monitor. Thanks for commenting.