Re: [ISN] DOD preps office for cyberdefense

From: mea culpa (jerichot_private)
Date: Thu Jul 23 1998 - 16:23:15 PDT

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    Reply From: Matthew Patton <pattont_private>
    >Although DOD is responsible for defending against attacks to locks and
    >dams in the United States, defense of all other infrastructure is the
    >responsibility of national and local law enforcement agencies. "I believe
    >that's an artificial distinction," Hamre told conference attendees.
    >"Cyberspace doesn't know geographical boundaries."
    Slippady, slidy, to hell with the Constitution! What we need in this
    country is martial law, disregard for all form of civil liberty. And you
    gun owners, sorry you're all criminals. Only people who can have guns are
    federal employees. Cripes Almighty! Since when does that fool Hamry get to
    interpret the Constitution? Hell we've got the CIA who is strictly
    forbidden from getting involved in domestic issues controlling crypto,
    monitoring domestic stuff etc. The FBI, local police and the courts are
    "inefficient" much better to shoot the perpetrators and ask questions
    later. I mean, if we didn't stop them right then and there, the 'criminal'
    might have taken out a power grid, or planted a logic bomb, or passed his
    code onto a buddy, or ...
    >The announcement of the office comes at a time when DOD is planning the
    >reorganization of the ASD/C3I office.
    C3I has got to have some people with brains in their ranks (it's not
    possible to get 100% fools right?) and no offense to them but what I've had
    to deal with from C3I is total and complete moronity (yes, I made that up).
    >The Pentagon also is considering the formation of a reserve cadre of
    >"cyberdefense warriors,"
    Oh me, oh my. Would the Defense Department kindly throw that 10 million
    into purhaps training the boobs who run DoD's own computing infrastructure?
    No one has written a decent NT paper to date (among the services) and
    security clues no matter the OS are so incredibly lacking it's not even
    funny. Heck throw $100k/yr to the BCOT (Basic Comm Officer Training) school
    so that these freshout 2nd LT's might have a fighting chance of running a
    computer half way intelligently. [BCOT is a 4 month long 'school' that
    doesn't teach squat. And the USAF thinks anyone who's had 1 CS class in
    collage is a computer science geek who knows enough to run a computer. HA!]
    Something positive might actually result from the 10 million if they sent
    hundreds of Computer specialists to CISSP training.
    In the Pentagon, there are all kinds of dialup links that are not supposed
    to exist. It drives SAM security people nuts cause it doesn't matter if
    they monitor traffic thru their routers, there are a dozen other ways to
    circumvent them. And some of these modems are hooked up to SECRET boxes. By
    mistake I'm sure. It's the old engineer wanted to access his box from home
    Orwell's 1984, here it comes!!!
    "If I were called upon to identify briefly the principal trait of the 20th
    Century, here too I would be unable to find anything more precise and pithy
    than to repeat once again: Men have forgotten God."
      - Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
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