Russian Interference & AIDS

By | August 3, 2018

#Russia #POTUS #InformationSecurity

Decades ago, the crowds went wild when President Ronald Reagan (God rest his soul) finally used the phrase AIDS in public.  It marked acknowledgment from the Whitehouse that AIDS was a real issue.

The phrase "Russian interference", to me, is starting to be filed in that same folder.

The fact that it is happening is not up for debate.  Millions of IT savvy people across the nation can produce firewall logs with Russian IPs denoting the attack.  Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, is acknowledging the interference.  The Director of National Intelligence, the FBI, Director of DHS, and other US Intelligence agencies are on record as saying foreign involvement is a massive issues. JayCTheriot.Com has argued attacks on personal systems have been an issue and continue to grow.  Numerous information technology organization have said there attacks are an issue.

I don't know what it will take for the POTUS as well as the citizenry of the US will realize the issue and up their game on security.

Installing security updates and insuring your anti-virus, anti-malware and programs are updated and working properly are the best defense in the electronic onslaught.  Every network-connected device must be updated regularly.  Even that baby-cam must be updated, along with your television set and possibly your smart refrigerator.

If you have a network connected device in your home, you must learn how to update it.  If you are not willing, or incapable of doing so, then don't connect it to the network (your wifi is your network.)

Personal information security is a shared responsibility.  Yes, the manufacturers do have some limited responsibility, either legally or ethically, to insure updates are possible.  However, the best location for the responsibility is the person that is running the device.   The placement of the burden is due to simple logistics.  See:  Who Controls Your Smart Home? Things Every Homeowner Should Know

There seems to be a reluctance of the current administration to point fingers at well-known enemies of the state.  I understand the need to begin or restart dialogues.  However, forgiving an attackers behavior is akin to condoning the behavior.  Prosecuting a long-time abuser in a spousal abuse case is difficult for this reason.  Over time, the behavior becomes expected.  When the spouse finally says "enough," then the abuse is related that has existed for decades. Also, be it known that Russia is not the only attacker.  China, India and North Korean IP addresses fill up my server logs.

We can't allow the US to be abused.  Make America Great Again is becoming Make America Weak Again.  We can't allow this to happen.  We must stand up to our well-known enemies, acknowledging their attacks and work to reforge and bolster the damaged relationships with our long-term allies.

It boggles my mind how a POTUS can bang the drum so loudly about border security and so weak on cybersecurity.  Further compounding my confusion is that immigration from Mexico is at the lowest point in over a decade and cyber attacks are at an all-time high.  All I can surmise is that he cannot comprehend the importance of technology in our nation today.  I hang my head is dismay.

Thanks for reading,

Jay C. "Jazzy_J" Theriot