Apr 13 2009

Nart Villeneuve drops the hammer

Published by at 9:03 pm under Other attacks,US attacks

Nart Villeneuve reminds me once again why I shouldn’t post articles that seem too hyped.   Responding to the recent story from the WSJ on Chinese and Russian hacker attacking critical infrastructure, Nart gives them a full blast:

Articles like this are very irritating. They are short of detail and long on hype. And when that hype focuses on the wrong threat, it becomes the threat itself.

This WSJ article is a typical case. These stories are not new and the pop up from time to time usually focused on Russian or Chinese hackers — and in this case some unholy alliance of both (I’m surprised that Al Qaeda wasn’t thrown in to this “Haxis of Evil” :) ) Some have suggested that the article was planted for political purposes but, regardless, the hype seems to focus on the wrong threat.

Read Nart’s full reply, When hype is the threat.  Remind me not to get on his bad side, ouch.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Nart Villeneuve drops the hammer”

  1. every1s0bviouson 18 Apr 2009 at 1:45 am

    Yes, it is all a nefarious Republican plot. We want you to actually protect the infrastructure.

    I admit it. I am a mason.

    And Friday the 13th always scares me.

  2. Eastwoodon 22 Apr 2009 at 12:27 am

    What are you guys’ thoughts on The Pirate Bay verdict?

  3. Heikeon 22 Apr 2009 at 11:52 am


    Hey, how have you been? Sorry, I really haven’t been following the Pirate Bay thing recently. I’ve been very busy the last few days/weeks…

    Could you give me a summary? I probably shouldn’t be so lazy and do my own homework but…

  4. Eastwoodon 22 Apr 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I’ve been hibernating all winter long :P

    Basically they were sued by the industry and lost — despite all the technical evidence in their favour. There were many references to how the site is similar to Google — as a search engine for .torrent files, in a sense.

  5. CBRP1R8on 23 Apr 2009 at 8:38 am

    Personally, I don’t see how it was possible to prosecute them, they don’t host anything, they have pointers to torrent files both legal and pirate stuff just like googles’ webcrawler you can type in a search and it basically returns about 15-20 responses of how many versions of the .tor’s are out there and what site they’re located on and links to the files. I guess danish law is a lot different but I still don’t see how they could prosecute for not hosting anything but pointers to other files.

    It’s just a dent though, all those hundreds of other sites will continue on as if nothing has even happened and they can’t be touched since most of them are in law-free zones far as cyber goes.