The war got personal for many bloggers and readers of blogs today. Not only is there a war of ideas going on in cyber space, there is a kinetic war of electrons being waged. While trying to educate my knuckle-dragging, computer illiterate self on cyber war, I ran up on this from The Jawa Report.
The military lacks the tools to fight the internet jihad.
The solution? There is no government solution. The only people really equipped to counter the online threat are hackers themselves. These cyber pirates have the necessary knowlege, tools, and experience in infiltrating and taking down websites. With minimum investment in equipment, with the assurance that they will not be prosecuted for activities which are normally considered illegal, and with the promise of a reward for each website taken down, these cyber pirates would be turned into cyber privateers. There skills which are normally deemed socially unacceptable, can be used to the advantage of winning the long war against militant Islam.
I wish I was smart enough to hack. If you are reading this, be aware that the enemy has the capability to prevent you from reading this. They can reach out and touch everyone with a computer. The armed forces can’t protect you from this. They can’t protect you from sedition and psychological operations designed to demoralize you. Like the Militia of Flight 93, the Civilian Information Militia will have to rise to the occasion.
Craig Martelle left this comment over at Threatswatch:
The Denial of Service attack is reported to have originated out of Saudi Arabia. The clash of civilizations is on, and we’re losing. The first bastion of truth in the war of ideologies – the conservative bloggers – is taken off line by what appears to be the Islamist threat. The MSM has conceded through self-censorship – no bad words are printed about extremist Islam and the threat it poses. We are in a war – a big war. And few people seem to notice. I’m sorry it’s an election year, but “ineffectual” is a term that applies to Republicans and Democrats. No politician can see further than the polling stations.
This DoS attack against us directly in the blogosphere only confirms our assessment. We are indeed at war – in the clash of civilizations, which right now is mostly an information war. Let’s see if the MSM, the legacy media as they may be called, picks up on this DoS attack and identifies it for what it is – a demonstration of superior firepower in the information battle of the larger campaign against the free world. Although this sounds sensationalist, if you look at current events through these goggles, many things become much clearer and the inexplicable disappears. Take a a look with an open mind and you’ll see.