Anybody here remember the Stuxnet computer malware? That was the one that pretty nearly put Iran out of the nuclear warfare business for a time when one of its mean little computer worms bollixed Iran’s nuclear enrichment plants.
Well, Stuxnet is old stuff now. There are much more powerful programs that could paralyze any large-scale industry, utility, transportation system, police agency or government function that relies on computer control — and can you think of any of those entities that don’t?
We could do that to any enemy in a hot minute. But the flip side of that is that almost any enemy could do it to us, for we have no monopoly on computer talent. There is only one thing that could protect us against a sudden cyber attack. That is an effective and continually updated cybersecurity system.
Unfortunately, we don’t have one. We could have had it. There was a bill in Congress that would have gone a long way toward achieving that goal, but our friends at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce bleated about the amount of tax money it would take to finance it. Leave it to voluntary action by business itself, they said, as though there were any chance that voluntary spending on something that didn’t turn an immediate cash profit would work, and the Republican bloc in Congress took up their cause. They couldn’t defeat the bill if it came to a vote because it was obviously meeting a real and urgent threat. So they filibustered it to death
So here’s to the Greedy Old Party, always ready to put profits ahead of patriotism.
They do a great job for their masters, that top 1%. But can any one tell me a reason why anyone earning less than, say, half a million dollars a year should vote for them?