UK man hacks into US Defense sites, proves two things: 1) US govt. sites poorly secured, and 2) he's a total nerd
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Nerds with computer experience are a dime per dozen pocket protectors, but this case does highlight a major problem for the United States: With the exception of military, the federal government is always, and I mean always, technologically behind regular geeks, and, unfortunately, probably terrorists.
As I say in my forthcoming book (shameless plug alert), “Because that’s the way God decided to do it!”, which will be out in a few weeks:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“With the exception of the military, the government is traditionally a couple of decades behind the technological curve. It isn’t that the government doesn’t want to catch up, it’s that they can’t. The federal government is trying to win a potato sack race with thousands of people in the same bag. The attractive feature of monstrous bureaucracy has always been that it corners like an aircraft carrier in dry-dock, making it fairly easy for the fleet-afoot masses to out maneuver.Ã¢â‚¬Â
That is not an attractive feature when it comes to national defense, however, and something needs to be done. When this guy can break in, there’s a problem: