||The recent "denial of
service" attacks on companies with a large presents on the internet had
the effect of an alarm clock on my intuition. So here some of where I came
The first question you can hear and read
in the media is "WHO"?
1. Hackers: why?
2. Political malcontents: why?
3. The underworld: why?
4. Small entrepreneurs: why?
5. Competitors: why?
6. Other Interest: why?
The "WHO" and the "WHY" are closely related.
The following reasoning will not solve either. It will however point out
the many problems we got ourselves in with the Communication/Knowledge/Info
revolution. The society needs to find its equilibrium and you will have
a hard time finding a prophet who can see the end of this process.
1. Hackers: why? Because it is computer
related and computer literacy is limited and will with the speed of development
of technology always remain limited for the general public; for any individual
to keep up with the tech. development, you need to be daily "hands-on"
involved. It requires a lot of time to make a living, study all new developments
and have "a life" too. This requires a special, strange, person: the hacker.
The hacker has his own, special, priorities. Because his life is for some
reason limited in some ways, for him time came free to do what a hacker
needs to do to be a good hacker: study and hack the keyboard.
The roomer is that the used programs for
the attacks are readily available on the internet. If I can find the time
to try, just to see how easy or difficult it is to get such a program,
I will do so and report to you.
It must be clear that a reasonable level
of computer literacy is needed to find as well as to use such a program.
And there needs to be a strong motivation by the perpetrator: 5 year prison
for first time, 10 yr. for repeat law breaks and high fines. This leads
to the second category on my list:
2. Political Malcontents. Why?
The fall of the Soviet Union did not change
the mind of many of the followers of the Communist belief system. And the
effects on the American society are everywhere.
The dialectics of communism have permeated
the language: many use the word "capitalism" where they should use "free
enterprise system". This communist residue resents the blooming free enterprise
economy. They are among us! They are motivated; they might have the knowledge.
They might or might not be involved. The
experience is that political motivations can be very strong. And strongly
bent: i.e. crooked. The goal justifies the means type of crooked! This
kind of political motivation brings the individual down to the level of
criminal. This leads me to the third category on my list, because the political
malcontent becomes one with it.
3. The Underworld. Why?
In the most free society on the Earth,
the pursuit of happiness is conditional of the control of the individuals
conscience. Because individual conscience is relative to the individuals
relation with "absolute conscience" and uncontrolled self interest, that
is selfishness, would bully the meek to a pulp, there has to be control
through law. When the selfishness and the ignorance of the need for social
behavior and responsibility, are not in balance, disrespect for law and
society result in lawlessness. Therefor criminality always contains a mixture
of the political (self interest) and the ignorance ingredient. Both factors
contain again the aspect of lack of relation to "absolute conscience".
It exist in many forms, on many levels and gradations.
So what has this to do with anything?
It is possible that conditions experienced by, certain un kosher, like
the sex site operators, causes one or more to make trouble. The whole sex
buss was anyway always underworld. At this time they might not be motivated
to attack their new medium. I guess it comes more from the political
motivated direction. And political almost always means: Promoting Self
Interest of a group or an individual, unless it is to promote freedom.
The big Freedom; not the selfish MeMeMe freedom, but the real responsible
Freedom that includes to be free of evil.
Next Small Entrepreneurs: Why?
4. Small Entrepreneurs. Why?
You might remember, some three years ago
we heard, the internet was "the great equalizer"; "even a small company
could look big on the internet". Well, now we know better: the big ones
really are BIG.
They can and are spending big, they are
employing big, they have quality content, they look beautiful graphically,
they have great features, software with wonderful functionality, they have
lots of adds and they rake in, again big. And in order to stay big and
become even bigger, they spam us any way they can: On TV, on Radio,
in the mail, in magazines, newspapers. Now the small entrepreneurs are
told it is immoral, prohibited, not allowed etc., to spam. Only Email to
persons and business you have already a relation with, can be sent. The
internet is already so much part of the American economy, that when every
small or tiny operation would be allowed to sent Email to whoever they
want, the big ones would or could start to lose money, because of the traffic
jam, on the information Highway, which infrastructure development is lacking
behind the increase in number of users. And the big ones should not be
hampered in any way, because they causing the prosperity of all of us,
right? At least if you are in the stock market in some way, like a 401K
plan, IRA's, etc.. 4% unemployment, is also good for everyone. However,
wasn't the information highway meant for everyone too? Yes, but some are
more equal than others. That's why I assume it is possible that some small
operator really does not like to be hampered in what he wants to do, like
Email to whoever he wants. If it turns out to have been that way, I would
not be surprised. That, with the right understanding, should also fall
in the category of "Political" action, that is: promoting the interest
of a particular group or individual. They are automatic also the next group:
(In the mean time some news is that University
computers are from outside directed to do the dirty work of the perpetrators
of this computer crime. My accusations of the influence of the anti business,
anti free enterprise philosophy following professors, being the possible
cause of misguided student action, had already come from my keyboard.)
5. The Competitors: why?
Because the big ones are getting to big
and claiming ownership of the E-road. They are so important to the American
economy that the Att. Gen. Janet R. gives a press conference to introduce
a special task force of the FBI, to take care of the matter. If you block
the public road as an act of civil protest and disobedience, you get arrested
and go in a cell for some hours and get a fine, 50 bucks or so. If you
block "this" highway, you go to the slammer for a maximum of five years
and fines of $100,000.- and up.
They have to find this kind of anonymous
road blocker first, and that might not be that easy. "Let's keep things
in proportion". There are people who are shorter in jail for murder; than
again there are some on death row for same. Don't misunderstand me: I do
not condone this kind of sabotage acts! I am projecting some view on the
many aspects of this topic. At some time I have been shouted down for my
opinion. I was to polite, to civil, to timid. Not anymore. I have opinions,
about many things. I don't know who is doing this dirty deed! I am speculating
on who qualifies for this roll of villain. Who else ? There are more candidates
for the roll of villain. Let see what else we have:
6. Other Interest: why?
It is said that it is so easy to do, with
"of the shelf software" I heard some nut expert told on CNNfn, that
a 15 year old school kid could do this. But why? I don't see kids of 15
year with the motivation to disrupt E-commerce and other economical important
operations. It might be an 18 year old college student, who is indoctrinated
by one of those 60 th minded, late lefty professor, where the colleges
and universities are crowded with. Well we can throw that kid in the slammer!
We would not be able to do much to these kind of professors, who teach
the students many other "harmful to society" ideas. That is a topic for
next time. No, let me talk about in now. It is to important to pass it
by for this less important topic. So next is a
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What is so important of that it gets in
the middle of what most people would consider more important than anything?
I am aware of the expression:" It's the economy, stupid!" Yes I am aware.
Wouldn't you want to know why you have that headache, or do you just swallow
a pill and hope the pain isn't caused by anything bad? So I am talking
cause and effect. Previous I mentioned those late lefty 60 th. minded professors,
we trust our offspring's sculls full of mushy matter (thanks Rush) to there
care, for tens of thousands of dollars tuition, expecting them to get our
children the best possible education. It's not the economy that's in trouble
stupid, it's our society! that's in trouble, confused, without absolute
moral values. Family Values? Yes those too. We see our society struggling
with simple questions of good and evil. Ask the question to a little child:
"Is it good or bad to kill a baby in its mothers tummy?" Your answer might
be: "are you stupid or so?" In time, when the kid has become a teenager,
you might be able to confuse them with something like: "we are just human
animals, highly developed products of evolution". And you might be right,
if you leave "highly" off. The moral and ethical is out of whack. They
have been recreating humanity in an alternative style, a cheap model, without
the original designed feature the conscience to tap in to "absolute truth"
with. That feature has been shortened out with secular philosophical excuses,
scientific hypothesis and psycho babble. Thank you Mr. Hegel, Marks, Camues,
and the like. And their followers are working on our children, disconnecting
their conscience. They have a lot of help: In Hollywood, on Madison Ave.,
in the large media, in the public school system, the women's pro choice
libbers, the far left democrats, the gay movement, and what more confused
and misguided souls you have. And not to forget the self-interest! We have
to get back to our original design futures. We need the "Designer's plans"
to be considered!
There is more "Other interest". Almost
to much to mention (that means - I dont know all). We know that some computer
viruses were created in certain foreign countries. That makes those creators
all but untouchables. However the anti virus software companies, who make
the profits of this nuisance, are mainly in the US of A. Collusion? Not
proven anyway. Computer Security companies, who promoting "every one has
to take care for Computer Security, otherwise it will not work", are riding
high in the stock market! What an opportunity!
Religious objectors to the filth on the
net? We can expect that to come too. Not at this time. This interference
is clearly anti big business motivated; it is here in the USA, where the
dissatisfaction with the situation of the big everything swallowing companies
is. The internet was supposed to be democratic. Why? Well that is what
every idealist, however without good reason, hoped for. The original intention
was never that far reaching. What kind of democratic anyway: big government
democratic? Moral liberal, economical controlling bureaucratic socialistic
democratic? Please save us from European type government oppression! Free
enterprise, economy stimulating, prosperity creating for the whole of society,
I go for that! I would like to propose for some limited spamming allowance
for the small entrepreneurs. Some kind of affirmative action for
the small entrepreneur. Hypothetical: let every small business on the net
have an allowance of 500 Emails to unknown addressees p/week. Assume 10
million small business = 5 Billion more messages over an already congested
network. Do I really want to open that Pandora Box? On the other site:
Big biz are sending big newsletters to their many contact addressees they
could collect with all the means they had at their disposal. I am one of
those addressees and I like to receive these highly informative documents.
This kind of mailings becomes more and more common. It is clear that this
has been exploding in the last year. And also smaller ones have become
bigger, with increasing ability to produce or just transform from what
they originally did on paper to the electronic kind. Altogether they are
swamping and choking the net. Aren't they a kind of monopolizing the net?
Should we ask Al Gore if this was his intention, when he invented the internet?
This choking we will be able to overcome
with the proliferation or distribution by spreading out the different
transport lanes: cable, DSL, wireless, satellite, fiber, and in general:
And by the way, the for free ISP's channel
their members/subscribers even more than Microsoft and any of the popular