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    Re: U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    Sounds like another government official talking about technology she has absolutely no clue about.

    Opening a government back door into any system does not improve security but weakens it.

    The only way to make such systems more secure and far less likely to be affected by a broad-scale attack would be to make sure they are Linux or other BSD/Unix based OS/Servers instead of running Microsoft servers, if they are not already doing so. Unlike Windows, these systems cannot be attacked with any measure of success due to the nature of the systems, each would have to be hacked individually, even that falls to low probability except for Windows based systems.

    Since the Government mainly runs Windows based servers, such a route into a Linux/etc system would open a vulnerability, not close any.
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    Re: U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    We should all be suspicious of such measures, and neither political party can be trusted on this issue. I can think of many ways to improve cyber security that could be required of operators of critical systems that don't involve increased sharing of confidential information between corporations and government, or increased surveillance and control of citizens. For example, requiring redundant backup systems and secure offline storage of critical data.

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    Re: U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    Obama to issue EP over cyber security after State of the Union Address.....Why are those states not dealing with this issue and rather than having the Fed come in on it? Is there any reason to even allow the federal government any chance of coming in and then dictating how things will be? Other than a some issue that would give reason to come into a state over whatever infrastructure needed protection. Also if the FED knows of anything shouldn't they have to inform the state and those concerned?

    Carper: Expect White House cyber security order after State of the Union

    Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) said the White House has signaled that it will likely introduce its cyber-security order in the second half of February, following President Obama's State of the Union address.

    The White House began drafting the executive order after Congress failed to pass cybersecurity legislation last year. The administration has argued that the cybersecurity threat facing the United States is too great for it not to take action while Congress grapples with passing legislation.

    The executive order builds off a section in a cybersecurity bill that was co-sponsored by Rockefeller, Carper and Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), which was ultimately blocked by Senate Republicans. The cyber order would create a voluntary program in which companies operating crucial infrastructure would agree to meet a set of cybersecurity standards developed, in part, by the government.

    Cybersecurity will likely resurface on Congress's radar this year after major U.S. banks and newspapers, such The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, have suffered a spate of cyberattacks. Defense officials have also issued warnings about Iran and China's cyber capabilities.

    Read more: Carper: Expect White House cyber security order after State of the Union - The Hill's Hillicon Valley
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    Of course this is an EP that is being issued to create a voluntary program. But then with that would come Federal Rules and regulations. Also if Obama issue the EP why would they hold a meeting afterwards if no legislation was passed. Wouldn't have Obama gone around Congress again just with the EP?

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    U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    Of course there's going to be an imminent attack. There's always going to be an imminent attack when the Feds are trying to get some new law passed.
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    Re: U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    Of course there's going to be an imminent attack. There's always going to be an imminent attack when the Feds are trying to get some new law passed.
    Well I think they can see just over this last week that it is more than some hackers associated with this Anonymous. Still why is there a need for EP if Companies will allow them to do so voluntarily?

    Obama is still looking to use EP over it.

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    Re: U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    Buzz words: 9/11...Imminently...attack

    In a closed society there always has to be a threat. They always have to restrict rights for your "safety."

    Freedom is not safe and was never intended to be safe.

    When CISPA passed...it opened the door to government control over a the internet. Our government is trying to seize control over the Internet. That is a fact.

    One day, I hope, the people will realize that we are slipping away from freedom. The first thing you should look at is this enormous bureaucracy named Homeland Security. It is responsible for a lot of wasted money...TSA anyone?

    We don't need Homeland Security at all. We were fine without it. We stopped terrorism without that waste of money. 9/11 has put too much paranoia in the populous. So much so that we have allowed the government to grab more power than was ever intended.

    When will enough be enough? Where will our generation sit in American history? Will we be the ones to restore freedom, or the ones who allowed an Authoritarian government to seize power?
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    Re: U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    Quote Originally Posted by AreteCourage View Post
    Buzz words: 9/11...Imminently...attack

    In a closed society there always has to be a threat. They always have to restrict rights for your "safety."

    Freedom is not safe and was never intended to be safe.

    When CISPA passed...it opened the door to government control over a the internet. Our government is trying to seize control over the Internet. That is a fact.

    One day, I hope, the people will realize that we are slipping away from freedom. The first thing you should look at is this enormous bureaucracy named Homeland Security. It is responsible for a lot of wasted money...TSA anyone?

    We don't need Homeland Security at all. We were fine without it. We stopped terrorism without that waste of money. 9/11 has put too much paranoia in the populous. So much so that we have allowed the government to grab more power than was ever intended.

    When will enough be enough? Where will our generation sit in American history? Will we be the ones to restore freedom, or the ones who allowed an Authoritarian government to seize power?
    Yeah, I slammed Bush for the creation of this Special Police Force. Plus as you saw Napolitano isn't backing away from it anyways.

    Still what need for EP if as they say some companies are volunteering?

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