Law enforcement is useless against cyber attacks

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October 23, 2016
Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker  
Posted in Commentary

"Ecuador's actions against [Julian] Assange were a message to Wikileaks: stop releasing unflattering information on the candidate who stands the best chance of improving relations with the US. The DDoS attack was the response by the hacker community. Julian had been bonked on the nose and the hackers rose up and said: back off. The attack sent the message: don't mess with the freedom of information or else we'll unplug the motor of the world. ... As much as I despise this kind of invasion of people's property and the disruption of information flows, that a distributed hacker community could cause all this chaos with the push of a button is impressive in its own right. ... Law enforcement in this case is in the position of being a spectator. The idea that any company such as Dyn should rely on government to fix its problems is preposterous. Everyone knows it. The way toward a less vulnerable Internet infrastructure is through more innovation." (10/22/16)

https://fee.org/articles/law-enforcement-is-useless-against-cyber-attacks/  

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  • dL

    “The DDoS attack was the response by the hacker community. Julian had been bonked on the nose and the hackers rose up and said: back off. The attack sent the message: don’t mess with the freedom of information or else we’ll unplug the motor of the world. …”

    How does he know that? Generally, DoS attacks are not held in much regard in the hacker community. And DDoS attacks are criminal, requiring the perpetrating agent to have zombified a large number of devices(on the magnitude of 10^6 or higher) that they do not own. They only partially “unplug the motor of the world” for at best for a day or so. And the consequence of that is politicians grandstanding about removing civilian administration of the internet and putting it under the auspices of the national security infrastructure.

    The state is powerless to do anything about it? The hell it is…

    “The way toward a less vulnerable Internet infrastructure is through more innovation.”

    People should just stop with the “innovation” magic dust word. Innovations like “the internet of things” are generally what make the internet more vulnerable to attacks…the way for the individual user to minimize risk of attack(of having their devices zombified) is to minimize the usage of such devices…the best defense against attacks by the tiered providers is the human gumshoe of following “best security security practices.” There is no magic wand or bullet or innovation. The only ones who will be selling that will be the politicians and the rent-seeking looters.

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