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Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
With the assistance of China, North Korea has embarked on a war without warplanes, tanks or nuclear armed ICBMs and the damage wrought could be greater. Not a single shot will be fired in the cyber warfare of Kim Jong-un’s choice and once again, like with the ISIS, the West has been caught with its pants down, ill prepared and embarrassed.
The brute force of manpower and state-of-the-art weaponry is futile when combating the sophisticated technical minds of highly-trained hackers intent on destroying an enemy’s infrastructure. They can do that, and North Korea wants to show that they can. Sony is nothing more than a tasty entree.
China has already hacked Australia’s new ASIO headquarters in Canberra rendering its blue-print plans exposed and useless.
The collective mindset of our expensive intelligence agencies is one of weak reactive responses. ASIO sits waiting for the enemy to do something it can say it’s dealing with.
It depends on the public for clues and then ignores them while its Director for the past five years, mate of Rudd’s and Lefty, David Irvine, was busy on the guest speaker circuit telling all who would listen how in control he was. WTF?
And guess where Abbott’s unaccounted for extra $630 million will go? They are already checking the new wine list at Aubergine restaurant.
ASIO members I have known in Canberra were more interested in the next Embassy cocktail party, bitching about overtime rates, the fourth at Flemington and bullshitting about their golf handicaps than the nation’s security. None I knew had any concept of a cold war.
ASIO is a useless bloated organisation, accountable to itself, and it has been that way for half a century. It is locked into a politically correct MO that can tell you exactly what’s going on immediately after it has happened while the AFP struggles outside the wire.
North Korea has been screening schoolkids for potential IT careers for years and has developed an arsenal of 14,000 black-hat hackers, any one of whom has a readout of Obama’s medical records, defence procurement orders and anything else on a computer between the White House and the Pentagon.
North Korea has not made the mistake of having its army of hackers housed in the one building like China did. No, they are spread across the country in back rooms and on dynamic IPs. Kim Jong-un now taunts Obama with, “catch us if you can”.
Russia is close to China’s hacking proficiency and Iran is close behind. Obama should make friends with Netanyahu because he at least knows what the hell is going on.
The West’s infrastructure, everything from water supply to electricity grids and transport, relies on computers and all can be shut down by tabs on a keyboard in a foreign country, if not right now, then tomorrow. Everything happens exponentially more quickly now, once left behind there is no catching up.
Preoccupation with boys’ toys, tanks and strike fighters should take a back seat to the looming cyber warfare we are miles behind in. Reactively building better firewalls is not a solution, we need to become proactive in the new lounge-chair war games that involve satellite directed drones and banks of code. We never seem to see something coming until it’s come.
ASIO even refuses to recognise Islamic terrorism when it’s in its face and shoved up its bulbous, runny nose.