...and we'll achieve cyber superiority with the space alien technology we've been hiding at Area 51
Good grief, who wrote the president’s speech today? His new cybersecurity proposal includes this urban legend:
“…and that in other countries cyber attacks have plunged entire cities into darkness…”
I and other experts bashed this urban legend more than a year ago. Now I’ve got President 2.0 spouting it as if it’s a fact.
It’s an urban legend because no one knows any details whatsoever. To be specific:
- Who plunged entire cities into darkness with the click of a mouse? No one knows.
- When did these cyber-terrorists plunge entire cities into darkness with the click of a mouse? No one knows.
- Where are these cities that plunged into darkness with the click of a mouse? No one knows.
- Why did the cyber-terrorists plunge these cities into darkness with the click of a mouse? No one knows.
- How widespread were these cyber-terror blackouts? No one knows.
- Whose power grid Internet connection did the cyber-terrorists exploit? No one knows.
- How many victims perished in these cyber-attacks? No one knows.
- What did it cost to clean up after these cyber-terror attacks? No one knows.
- Does Interpol want to extradite a U.S. citizen so he can stand trial on charges of cyber-terrorism? No one knows.
Listen to me, folks. Cyber fearmongers crave this kind of information. They crave it like a drug. And yet none of the cyber fearmongers has ever come forward to say “this city got hit on this date by this terror group using clandestine funds from this nation for this purpose, plunging this many people into darkness and killing this many hospital patients who lost power to their life support systems.”
It’s an urban legend, folks. It doesn’t make it any more real when it flows from the lips of the president of the United States…