Hack Wars

I called Cindy at her shop and got my hair cut the other day. We mused about the gorgeous November weather here in California, and she admitted she did not look forward to a holiday visit to China to see her family. She said she was used to our weather and January in Beijing was not inviting. She did say that folks there now do have heat, which she claims her generation did not have. We talked about the world in general and she said the people in China were finally getting the things they deserved. A billion people living the dream with all the amenities.

Self [1/365]

In spite of the stories about Google and others getting hacked earlier this year, the currency manipulation accusations and the endless kibitzing over trade regulations, I thought for a split second that maybe – magically – we had done something right to the people in China. That is until I read this piece in today’s Global Times, There is no monster in the closet

“If the world's No.1 superpower feels unsafe, then China probably has greater reason to feel threatened.” The article in the government controlled online magazine lists just about every good thing that has ever happened in the U.S.A. as China had a hand it. I actually read it over wondering if apple pie was on the list of things they have done for us.

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The war of words is old and it behooves everyone to lift the people up around the world with whom we share neighbors, investments and our lives. I can’t see anyone finding the high road here in spite of the cheap GPS equipment around.

Here is the rest of this piece: “Take cyber security. Nearly all of the world's 13 root name servers are in the US, which enables the US to easily oversee and control Web services in other nations. During the Iraq War, the US suspended the domain ".iq," and erased Iraq from the cyber world for a period. Last May, the US government urged Microsoft to cut MSN services to Cuba, North Korea and other countries. The US is, in reality, a global Webmaster. If it wants to, it could paralyze China's Web services in a second.

The US government knows that China has the capability and determination to conduct strategic retaliation once attacked. The US also knows that China won't do this. At the moment, neither the US nor China could bear the costs of strategic confrontation.

“After 9/11, the US government overreacted to the threat of terrorism and that has led to the obesity of US intelligence agencies.

“US military contractors are crowing about the threat of cyber attacks, but perhaps there is an ulterior motive. Are they serious about the threat level or are they vying to reap billions of government dollars? It's time for US decision-makers to wake up.

“Making preparations for confrontation with China, or even a cyber war, only suits the interests of a few Americans, either economically or politically.

“The US must understand that if it spends resources and funds on those who play up and even create disasters, the nation may risk falling into quagmires similar to Iraq and Afghanistan.”

It would be wonderful if our own government was not so patronizing as to think we can’t hear what is going on and see when these sorts of moves are political. Playing politics with the air waves would be considered a crime if we found others doing it. It's time our administration came clean on this and we got this worked out. China is right about one thing, we can’t afford more war.


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