ELDER PATRIOT – Incredibly it took a 22-year old English blogger, who still lives in his parents’ home, to expose just how seriously President Obama undermined our national security. In this case it was how he left major infrastructure vulnerable to cyber attacks.
On Friday a ransomware virus began causing massive disruptions to critical infrastructure computer systems worldwide. At least 99 “countries were hit by a huge cyber-extortion attack that locked up computers and held users’ files for ransom at a multitude of hospitals, companies and government agencies,” according to the Associated Press.
If you’re asking yourself how this could happen, you’re not alone. If you’re like me you are asking yourself, WTF was the Obama administration doing to protect our infrastructure from cyber attacks the past eight years.
If you’re not wondering about that, then you will be when you hear about all it took for the anonymous hero who goes by the username “MalwareTechBlog” to save the day.
The security worker spent £8 registering the domain name the virus tries to connect with when it infects a new computer and pointed it at a ‘sinkhole server’ in Los Angeles. That’s all it took.
And, now we are learning it was preventable in the first place if only users of Microsoft Windows had upgraded their systems to the latest release.
With fixes this simple, do you find yourself wondering, like I am, whether Obama planted this time bomb to embarrass President Trump? Or perhaps his goal was to cause billions of dollars to the economies of the West?
What a difference new leadership makes. Only the day before, on Thursday, President Donald Trump signed a long-awaited Executive Order on cybersecurity that launches sweeping reviews of the federal government’s digital vulnerabilities and directs agencies to adopt specific security practices.
Why didn’t Obama or the man he appointed to head the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson order such a simple preventative measure?
President Obama promised us the most transparent administration in history. What a fraud. Now that he is finally out of office and as the layers of the onion are being exposed on a daily basis we are learning what a fraud he really was.