This Makes me think of “Icon”
Posted by Wickedpinto on November 16, 2010
In the Book by Frederick Forsyth (well known spy/action, but mostly spy stuff, thriller writer) “Icon.” There is a line that is uttered in the omniscient about computers by agent Monk. “Then, all of the most valuable and protected information in the world was given over to the most insecure technology in the world,” or something like that. That line was delivered to describe how angry Monk was becoming with the new leadership of the CIA after the dismissal, or was it retirement, of secretary Casey, and he was talking about computers.
The point was to say that even if it takes a little extra work for YOU, who knows that the info is right there to get the info, it will make it even harder for THEM, who doesn’t know where the information is, or should not even know, and has no right to that info, to get at. Which is a good thing, when you are talking about intelligence security. Monk, in the book, deliberately hid his files of 4 valuable spies, and eventually his files were no longer under his control, which helped trigger a conflict that requires his efforts later in life after he jacks up his former bosses(a truly satisfying series of paragraphs, I suggest you read the book, it’s pretty good.)
The reason I say that, is because of this. It doesn’t say the nature of the risk that they exposed others to do, but it goes to show that good old fashioned hard-copy has it’s value no matter how many presentations Steve Jobs gives.
There should be absolutely NO classified material available to any system connected to a network.
In another series of books, called “Shadowrun,” based on a game that took place in the near future (2015 and after) , yes used to play and read it, there was a classification called “excalibur.” Where all systems holding truly valuable data (by hackers/deckers) weren’t even piped into common power, they would always contain their own power generation separate of all other systems and no connections to the Matrix/internet.
If a bunch of dorks in the early nineties, actually late 80’s if you include the seminal “neuromancer,” which I do, can realize the risk of allowing valuable information to be accessible over open networks, they why the flying eff couldn’t our intellectual and political betters?
15% of the WORLDS online data routed through China?
Tom Friedman is smiling maybe, but I sure as hell ain’t, nor should anyone else.
Via DailyMail, Don Surber is AWESOME!
UPDATE: I just edited a bunch of bad punctuation, and incorrect spelling. Spell check makes me dumber than I already am. Sure there is still flaws, but it was really bad before this update.