Sources: John McCain [press release], Reuters
quote: I thought the Department of Homeland Security couldn't possibly make us more safe? Now you want to give them a bigger budget, turn them inward on our own people, and make them into Cyber Gestapos and "crack down" on everyone. How does that make our Internet more safe again by the way?There's GOTTA be a better way. But what more can you expect from a Bill written by Harry Reid?Remember, when you use DHS to secure our networks, the terrorists..errr, Chinese win!
quote: I think the U.S. is being too soft-hearted in preferring not to mass-employ its cyber-criminals. When these rogues are more powerful (skilled) than the government's paid IT employees in terms of intrusions, you need to be recruiting these valuable weapons (in an official capacity) and setting them to work against your enemies, not punishing them.
quote: I think this would be a tough sell in Congress. Because you're basically talking about exposing our most secret networks to, literal, criminals. And once they are plugged in and doing their thing, it would be literally impossible to make sure they are doing their jobs and not more seedy endeavors. Like you said, they're smarter than our own IT experts for the most part. Hard to track and monitor and keep tabs on.
quote: That's likely the model China is using, if I had to speculate.
quote: If, say, half a dozen hackers that infiltrate CIA networks get lined up in a field and shot (which is EXACTLY what China would do for far lesser offenses), then it'd send a message: attacking the government is a serious matter.
quote: Hey line up and get shot in the field.Orrrrr we will pay you NFL money to work FOR us. You'll have women and power. All you have to do is hack those that hack us. Your salary will be structured heavily on bonuses, based on our assessment of what you have obtained and what kinds of damage you have done.
quote: Actually I'd like to see a bunch of other kinds of things done:1. Remove rules on cyber offensive, w.r.t. nations with high levels of known attacks (e.g. China, etc.).2. Recruit black hat hackers (think the LulzSec kids). Stroke their egos, give them money, and use them to target attacker IPs in China, as well as to conduct off-the-record "retrieval" of Chinese financial and business information, as China is doing to the U.S.In an era where a bright individual can be a on3. Recruit new private sector firms to protect U.S. networks, with particular attention to high-tech targets, government networks, and high-profile contractors.4. Move gov't websites to DDOS-proof ("in theory") hosting schemes, a la CloudFlare.