NEW YORK (Credit.com) -- So what's it worth to you to prevent worldwide economic collapse, or even a major interruption of essential services such as power or water?These are not hypothetical questions. Nor will they be caused by the Eurozone disaster, a double-dip recession, the disintegration of institutions deemed "too big to fail" or government spending run amok.
|We must do what it always takes to get the best of the best of the hackers -- educate them, nurture them and pay them top dollar -- before it's too late.|
- Hacking and the creation of spying tools that are distributed online are now standard operating procedure for nations large and small. Stuxnet, Flame and the Chinese government's widely reported collusion with practitioners of corporate espionage prove that arsenals of powerful cyber weapons exist. This is an arms race on which we cannot afford to fall behind. It is being waged in the sanctity of our homes and businesses and bank accounts. The barbarians are not only at the gate -- they are in our computers.
- Hackers are smart, creative and relentless. Given time and resources, they managed to partially shut down a rogue state's nuclear centrifuges. They've also breached the likes of the CIA and the Department of Justice, not to mention thousands of corporations around the globe.
- The code that makes up the hacker arsenal is nearly impossible to control. Even under the best conditions, in a top-secret program run by arguably the world's best spy agencies, the Stuxnet code leaked to the Internet and nearly caused President Barack Obama to shut the entire operation down.