You could always wonder what Islamic “fundamentalists” would do if they actually had the goal to bring down the western society. I mean if there are any Islamic fundamentalists (which I very much doubt) why do they always have do things with maximum clumsiness, as ineffective as possible and without any reasonable goal or meaning ? (beside getting hated – and who gains from that?). Why all this killing and destruction if there are much easier and less violent means?
We all know that almost all money today in the west are located in the cyberspace. The physical paper notes called money is disappearing and replaced with even more fictitious digital money. The bankers real dream is to get all money locked into the digital system because then there would be not way out for the money – people would only be able to move money from one digital account to another digital account in case of a bank run – the banks wouldn’t need to store any paper money in their vaults. If people mistrusted one bank digital money from the receiving bank could be injected back to the bank and the whole banking system would be a closed system saved from bank runs emptying the banks.
Already almost all money in the west are digital and every purchase we do leave digital footprints that are easy to follow – where we been, when, and our habits. They can shut down our account if we misbehave in any way. We are already trapped in this bank-Orwellian society.
But it also makes this system very vulnerable. If a ”Islamic” terror group really wanted to tear down the western society they could easily do so by trying to shut down the digital system that constitute it’s money system. It would be sufficient to attack, not necessarily by force, the clearing centers for the banks and some large banks main offices computers. If the at they same time cut the cables between America, Europa, Asia and so on the west money system would halt to a total standstill. All transactions would have to be made by the tiny per cent of paper currency and the rest would get stucked in the cyberspace.
Such a terror attack would be efficient, less violent, more effective, then the attacks that are carried out by these alleged ”Islamic” terror groups and last but not least less contra productive (and again who really benefits from these attacks? I think we all know the answer to that)
Actually this has already happened and almost brought the Estonian banking system on it’s knees. And it was probably not organized. The government in Estonia made the controversial decision to relocate a Soviet-era war monument from the center of Tallinn to the suburbs. Two days of rioting by ethnic Russians, who saw this as an attack on their heritage and on minority rights, quickly transitioned from the real to the virtual world, as government web sites came under DDoS attacks so severe that many agencies shut off access to IP addresses outside Estonia for several days.
“Overall, none of the attack methods were new or sophisticated, Evron said. Neither were they particularly large as far as DoS attacks go, he said. But they were enough to seriously disrupt several services in what is a very Internet-dependent country. For instance, because bank sites were crippled, many citizens were unable to conduct ordinary transactions such as buying gas and groceries.” http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9028839
Here’s from an article from New York Times:
The Russian government has denied any involvement in the attacks, which came close to shutting down the country’s digital infrastructure, clogging the Web sites of the president, the prime minister, Parliament and other government agencies, staggering Estonia’s biggest bank and overwhelming the sites of several daily newspapers.”
Note that I don’t endorse such terror attacks – I just point out that they would be easier and more effective. I can see the benefits with digital currency’s as well, provided they are under democratic oversight and not handed over to the Orwellian bank control (sadly – we are already in it and it’s just the beginning – if they get what they want they will get total control over us)
S. 773: Cybersecurity Act of 2009 is a farce. Congresses ability to cloth a bill in a name that has nothing to do with the contents follows recent year’s history. If congress wanted to reinforce cyber security all they need to do is reinforce their gate keeper code, meaning accessibility to their mainframes. This bill is an over achiever bill that has far too many powers for its purpose. Such as the following section:
April 1, 2009, version, Section 14, part (b) FUNCTIONS – The Secretary of Commerce – (1) shall have access to all relevant data concerning such networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access.
This bill will result in government sponsored censorship of the internet. Any website deemed unfit for consumer consumption will be removed. The internet is the last resource of uncensored free speech. Little by little, corporate and government are eroding this last resource. For example, You Tube censorship under the guise of copy write protection has removed large sections of content, such as free speech/thinker “Alex Jones,” and any discussion regarding 911. Two government organizations are foaming at the mouth to have access to moderate the internet, National Security Agency (which is doing domestic phone spy program) and Home Land Security. Knowledge is power is the old saying. Centralizing and moderating free speech has been done with the forth estate, don’t let them do this with the internet. Trust in our central government was the coin used by Bush to start two wars; government under any other name has lost this element.