By The #CyberAvengers
Originally Published on Levick on June 27th, 2017 and on NextGov on June 28th, 2017
Watching the news and the debates during the past week felt pretty deflating. Surely you must have heard about the entire “who knew what went regarding the attempted Russian interference during the election.” Much of what was said was fairly well known, but with the new drips and drabs of information coming out into the open the past few days, political opportunism was bound to happen, no matter what.
Despite this expected response, finger pointing provides no true help to anybody in the world (and if we are being candid, not even within the Beltway). Sure, it is all interesting. And all of this chatter even provides good spectacle. We even agree that there are some serious questions that need to be answered, like who actually did know what when and why did they do (or not do) something about it.
But ultimately, so much of it right now is irrelevant and it is darned near aggravating to keep this bad song on repeat.
Why? Because while the hysteria is maxed out at full throttle, we still have these other problems going on: the country is getting its clock cleaned, its stuff
Because while the hysteria is maxed out at full throttle, we still have these other problems going on: the country is getting its clock cleaned, its stuff stolen, its IP drained, and its limited resources wasted and expended.
Forgot for a moment the reasons why the nefarious actors are behind their actions. If you own a shop and your entire inventory is getting smashed and stolen on a daily basis, you may be more concerned with making it stop than wondering why the bad guy is trying to do whatever he is doing. Intent comes later. It is like triage at a hospital. You want to stop the bleeding as soon as you can lest you find yourself dead in short order!
Or if your websites get vandalize (hello Ohio), your priority is to get your pages cleaned up (as Ohio did) and not figure out why extremists want to carry out their evil and how they were able to hack your site (that is for others to do).
So let us figure out ways how to make the bleeding stop and where possible, avoid any bleeding at all.