By now we have enough information to draw conclusions about the claims of Russian hacking in the 2016 election: it looks quite bogus. Just like the many similar bouts of hysterical exaggeration in America during the past few decades. Drawing big conclusions is appropriate for this, post number 4,000 on the FM website. Before Russia's … Continue reading The verdict on the stories of Russian hacking in the 2016 election
The Russia-Trump story has dominated the news for months, so far producing many headlines but little evidence. Reality Winner contributed the latest chapter, leaking a secret NSA report. Here is analysis by two reliable sources about this story, insights about the story that you will not see in the major media. The odd story of … Continue reading Debunking the Reality Winner leak about Russia hacking the election
Summary: Let's take a break from the media hysteria about the massive global attack by software built by the NSA. Cybersecurity expert Marcus Ranum explains why hospitals were the focus of the attack, why organizations are so vulnerable after a decade of warnings, and what will create effective defenses. This continues our years of coverage about cybersecurity, one of … Continue reading Skip the hysteria. What you need to know about the big ransomware attack.
Summary: China attacked! Playing a script from countless action-adventure movies, our political leaders and columnists gear up for bold headlines by screaming for war while they know nothing. It's America. But the info highway gives us information to see beyond the headlines and sort fact from fancy. Here's the latest news about the massive theft … Continue reading Seeing behind the headlines about China’s attack, stealing the governments’ jewels
Summary: We've concluded the 17 month national dialog started by Edward Snowden's revelations. As I predicted, nothing happened. In effect, we acquiesced to our government's mass surveillance. This encourages them to expand further. With each such victory the State grows stronger, its citizens grow weaker (becoming subjects). But nothing is written. It's all about choice. … Continue reading The Snowden affair has ended. What have we learned about ourselves, and about America?