Encrypt, Encrypt, Encrypt … or Else …
Only a fool would continue to supply Stratfor (or anybody else) with privileged information.
On March 7 it was announced that the Anonymous group and LulzSec were victims of an inside snitch and were arrested.
My bet: It’s too late for Stratfor to survive since all of their sources have been compromised, embarrassed and many likely fired from their jobs.
The Internet Is the Greatest Crime Venue the World Has Ever Known
Whether you are a giant country like the U.S., a small business like Stratfor Global or a single individual with an email account, every time you go on the Internet, you put yourself at risk. Consider the following:
• The FBI reported that China is in the business of state-sponsored cyber-theft as well as cyber-terrorism with 30,000 military cyber-spies, plus another 150,000 civilian cyber-geeks launching 90,000 attacks a year against the United States that have “the potential to destroy vital infrastructure, interrupt banking and commerce, and compromise sensitive military and defense databases.”
• A debate within the executive branch of the government, Department of State and the Pentagon is whether a devastating cyber attack (e.g., one the shuts down the nation’s power grid or Pentagon communications) is fair game for a cyber counterattack or even a casus belli that deserves full military retaliation.
• My guess: Easily 2 million or more cyber attackers from all over the world are loose on the Internet. As a result, you and I—all of us—who operate a portal into the Internet are under continuous assault 24/7. Unless we are hyper-careful, our very existences stand to be turned into a living hell.
When Life Was Simpler…
Late in World War II during cocktail hour the family was gathered in the den to hear Edward R. Murrow’s nightly broadcast from London on CBS radio when the phone rang.