“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
I'm not a tech expert, but does anybody know why everyone is insisting this is probably the work of a government instead of a private group of hackers? I know groups like Anonymous haven't done anything nearly this complex in the past, but they usually seem to be a step ahead of the government, and at the very least not a step behind. Does anyone have the knowledge to explain why history suggests governments are more responsible for massive viruses like this.
My first inclination here is that this could be another sign of the fall of nation-states as the undisputed primary hubs of power in the world. Pure manpower is meaning less and less over time. The first sign of this is that it took a private laboratory to discover the virus (well, I guess I'm assuming a government didn't discover it and stay quiet for whatever reason). Kaspersky is not only not part of a government, its not even from the area most exposed by the virus.
These are still only the first baby steps into the new era of the internet. We won't be able to think about this in the terms of the past few centuries. Culture, economics, and politics stand to be radically changed in ways impossible for us to foresee and even understand (at least any time soon).