Thursday, January 31, 2008

To Chertoff, Villains Are Hackers, Bloggers & Reporters

What a total waste of time, money and manpower!

$3 million wasted, and another "Cyber Storm" war game is planned for this March.

The dumbest part of the 2006 "Cyber Storm" war game...

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's the government's idea of a really bad day: Washington's Metro trains shut down. Seaport computers in New York go dark. Bloggers reveal locations of railcars with hazardous materials. Airport control towers are disrupted in Philadelphia and Chicago. Overseas, a mysterious liquid is found on London's subway.

And that's just for starters.

No, wait! That's not the dumbest part. This is...

The laundry list of fictional catastrophes - which include hundreds of people on "No Fly" lists suddenly arriving at airport ticket counters - is significant because it suggests what kind of real-world trouble keeps people in the White House awake at night.

Let me get this straight...

The White House can't sleep at night because they worry about hundreds of people on No Fly lists showing up at airport ticket counters?

Is there an evil cabal of No Fly Listers, who've managed to organize in the same American city and all arrive at the same airport on the same day? If so, Homeland Security really sucks in the USA, doesn't it?

And if there is, ... well, to do what?

Stand in line with Non-No Fly Listers and cause "dramatic" delays in check-ins?

What else would they accomplish by this fiendish plot to arrive together? Bring explosive devices to the airport? Possibly, but...

Would those doofus Barney Fifers at the airport even realize what was going on before it actually happened and manage to work together to thwart a random act of mayhem?

Of course not.

Besides, if you're on the No Fly list, you're a known quantity. What self-respecting evil cabal would send a known quantity --or hundreds of known quantities-- to do its evil bidding?

It's the unknown quantity, stupid Chertoff.

And the "blogger threat" is just as stupid. What do you want people to do during an emergency?

Watch FOX?

Of course, you do.

But here's the funniest part of this whole hot cyber mess...

However, the government's files hint at a tantalizing mystery: In the middle of the war game, someone quietly attacked the very computers used to conduct the exercise. Perplexed organizers traced the incident to overzealous players and sent everyone an urgent e-mail marked "IMPORTANT!" reminding them not to probe or attack the game computers.


Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19-- and and


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