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Sat Mar 27, 2021, 12:46 PM

Democrats should own cyber security the way republicans own guns.

Let's think about this - conservatives OWN the gun issue. They have a monopoly on it. If you support guns you vote R, that is all there is to it. But the Dems, we need an issue to drive voters to our side. I think that very thing could be cyber security. What got me thinking about this is the Solar Winds hack. Seriously - the mainframe was hacked because they had the password "solarwinds123". Really, you shouldn't have a mainframe password be the same as what you use to buy the latest Avengers movie from Amazon.

Conservatives use NRA to their advantage. So let's use IBM to our advantage! The next war isn't going to be fought with tanks and missiles. It's going to be fought with mainframes and routers. Hell, we saw what Russia was capable of in 2016 and they overturned an election and turned half the country against the other half without firing a shot! Right now you're more likely to be the victim of a cyber attack than a terror attack.

But let's face it, we've all been hacked at some point or another in the last 10 years. I've personally had my credit cards hacked multiple times and ridiculous items have been charged that have maxed out those cards and then some. Getting that sorted out with the bank is always fun (not). And if infrastructure is going to be a huge part of our platform going forward, let's include cyber infrastructure in it. We're not prepared for another event on the scale of Solar Winds. And if that happens things are going to get worse.

The next 9/11 that is going to cripple the country isn't going to be a terrorist attack. It's going to be a DDOS attack. It's not going to come from Iraq or Afghanistan. It's going to come from China or Russia. And when that happens it will hit before you know it and send all of us back to the stone ages. That will be a very costly war to fight for which we are very under prepared. If computers are going to be our gateways to the world, we need to protect them the way we would protect our children or our land.

Right now we're fighting a war. It's being fought on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. It's not being fought with bullets, but with words, memes, and GIFs. This war is being fought with targeted advertising designed to flip people's deepest political beliefs to the side of batshit crazy. It's not being fought with the US or Russian armies. The troops on this battlefield are people who you consider to be friends and relatives. People are getting uglier, meaner, ruder, and crazier, and it's because Russia and China have weaponized social media politics. Parler got banned from Apple, Google, and AWS, so where did it go? Russian servers. MAGA supporters get banned from Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter, so where do they go? They go to Telegram which is a social media site owned and operated on - wait for it - Russian servers.

We even saw cyber warfare being fought on January 6th. Both the Washington Post and the New York Times noted that the insurrectionists got most of their funds to pay for their trips to the Capitol through cryptocurrency and dark web resources. We saw Russia fueling vaccine fears by floating bizarre theories that 5G towers were responsible for giving us COVID and that the vaccines contained microchips that were going to track your every move. Conservatives are even mobilizing in rural areas and going through military training in case there's an attack on our power plants. This is all happening without a shot even being fired.

Democrats can own this issue. It should be at the forefront of every campaign. And it would be relatively easy to do so. Forget building a great wall. Let's build a great firewall. Let's keep foreign influence out of our internet. Let's secure our passwords and work from home applications. And unlike Trump's unbelievably poorly planned effort to build a "great wall", which blew into Mexico, the Great Firewall won't ruin landscapes or displace properties. It will create jobs and make things better for people working at home and at work. It'd be like building a cyber suit of armor around the country. Forget Space Force, we really need to start a Cyber Force. And unlike make believe space battles, real life internet battles are actually a thing. Let's make building cyber infrastructure as important as building a new infrastructure! If we're going to be commuting on the information highway instead of the actual highway, let's secure it. If you want a more secure internet and a more secure America, then vote D!

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Reply Democrats should own cyber security the way republicans own guns. (Original post)
Initech Mar 2021 OP
Hortensis Mar 2021 #1
Initech Mar 2021 #2
gopiscrap Mar 2021 #3
Bobstandard Mar 2021 #4

Response to Initech (Original post)

Sat Mar 27, 2021, 12:53 PM

1. Since it's critical to our futures, it needs to be owned by both.

Fortunately -- except when the Republicans are betraying their nation with foreign enemies to take power in this country -- both parties tend to agree on protective national security issues.

Any of several nations could turn the entire continental U.S. into Texas with the power down, only most of the country would stay down for a very long time. A study a few years ago estimated that 90% of all Americans would be dead from a variety of causes within a year.

More likely scenarios involve partial takedowns of many sizes and types, and various nations have been in our systems exploring capabilities for years. Many events are suspected to have been trials of capacity to break municipal water systems, nuclear reactors, skyscrapers, subways, dams, power plants, computer and communications systems, and many others. Just imagine if GPS satellite capabilities were wiped out. Terrorists could also accomplish partial grid-down and other cyber attacks.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 27, 2021, 12:56 PM

2. Oh this should absolutely be a national security issue.

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Response to Initech (Original post)

Sat Mar 27, 2021, 01:05 PM

3. I agree

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Sat Mar 27, 2021, 01:19 PM

4. Except Cyber Security is inanimate

Guns are guns. You can hold them, shoot them worship them. Cyber Security is a concept. Itís an evolving science, evolving so fast, in fact, that there is, and may never be, any enduring sense of security. Another wrinkle of the concept is that achieving it may come at substantial cost to the free flow of information while at the same time reducing ones privacy

Good idea that Dems need to own something. Cyber security might not be own-able

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