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John McAfee: Cyberwar is inevitable and we are not prepared

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Sep 2015 1:21 User comments (6)

John McAfee: Cyberwar is inevitable and we are not prepared John McAfee, the developer of the first commercial anti-virus program (McAfee), and current U.S Presidential hopeful, had some grim words about the future of the U.S. and its lack of preparedness for the inevitable 'cyberwar' that will hit all nations.
As the nominee for the newly created 'Cyber Party,' McAfee is building a run around a platform of helping bring cyber security to the U.S. and especially the government.

Here is is speech in full:

On 11 September 2001, four planes in America were hijacked by men armed only with box cutters. The attackers on one plane were overcome by a rugby team and it went down in a Pennsylvanian field. Two others brought down the North and South towers of the World Trade Center.

The fourth slammed into America's military headquarters - the Pentagon. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration), as a subdivision of U S Homeland Security, was born as a result of these attacks.

Given the reality of those times, the TSA was effective and did its best.

But times have changed, and the World has sidestepped the attack vectors that the TSA was implemented to address. Every well-informed hacker knows what was so blatantly demonstrated by Chris Roberts a few months ago.

A person does not have to physically board a plane in order take control of it. Even though Chris boarded a flight to Philadelphia and used the entertainment system to demonstrate the weaknesses inherent in Airline control systems, he has spoken out stating the obvious: anyone with moderate hacking abilities can go online from anywhere in the world, and take control of our commercial airliners.

Chris is a close friend and the official chief technology adviser on my "McAfee for US President 2016" campaign. I could hope for no better technology adviser.

This may sound far-fetched, but it is obvious to anyone following the hacking community. In July, two hackers demonstrated to Wired magazine that they could, from anywhere on the internet, hack into a Jeep automobile manufactured within the past 5 years, take control away from the driver, and run the car into a ditch. The demo was done at 5mph. You can imagine what results would manifest at 50mph.

The architecture of automobile control and flight control systems share one commonality: they were designed in an age where the nuances of cybersecurity were unknown or ignored. They were not designed, first and foremost, with preventing a hack in mind. I could write forever about the impossibilities of providing any security whatsoever given the current approach to security that is being pursued by the TSA, but that would be counterproductive.

Instead, here is what we need: the TSA should be abandoned in its entirety. I'm not suggesting that we lay off federal workers. Our unemployment rolls are already filled to the max. But the TSA budget is nearly $8 billion (5.1 billion) a year. Salaries account for less than $2 billion. If we sent everyone home and continued to pay them, that would be a savings of $6 billion per year, it would also give us nearly 50,000 Federal employees that could better serve the country in a different capacity at some not too distant future.

Most flights already carry armed undercover US Federal marshals. This could be beefed up if necessary. Had Federal Marshals been on the 9/11 planes, there is little doubt that the hijackings would not have been successful.

We need to revamp our nation's cybersecurity platform. An all out cyberwar is inevitable at some point and we are in no manner prepared. $6 billion a year would go a long way toward beefing up our preparedness.

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6 user comments

124.9.2015 03:23

Got to say, to me he is stating the obvious. But it is scary to think that so many people out there are nave about the potential risks. We Humans are so stupid sometimes, whatever we create we want to destroy, it never ends, until the end.

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224.9.2015 09:45

It never stops until the end because if it never ends then there is no end, therefore can not possibly end.

324.9.2015 10:15

I meant the end of life, as long as there is life on this planet it will never end. Until the end is the end of time and the human race.

ZX Spectrum 128K

424.9.2015 12:24

WOW...that's deep yo!

On a deeper note.......isn't this guy supposed to be in a Belize jail for killing his friend?

Though he advocates for necessary things I believe in shown here:

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 24 Sep 2015 @ 12:28

525.9.2015 16:01

On a deeper note.......isn't this guy supposed to be in a Belize jail for killing his friend?

Just goes to show as long as you have $ you can keep doing whatever the heck you want.

630.9.2015 03:53

The United States can do better than McAfee for Cyber Security.

truth be told id sooner hire a thug to keep my PC secure than McAfee.

Didn't the government have its very own external network way back in the day? why don't they just update that network incognito like and use a secure satellite platform for international.

that way they can keep all there dirty laundry from stinking up the wind.

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