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If you don’t think you are being hacked; if you don’t think we are being attacked; think again.

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While I am not a conspiracy theorist, nor do I tend to be an alarmist; if you hadn’t noticed, we are in a backdoor war with Putin’s Russia.  This doesn’t mean that this is a new Cold War, and I desperately hope that it doesn’t involve the threat of nuclear weapons by the U.S. and Russia.  And, as Secretary of State John Kerry has said, the U.S. will not hesitate to use “21st century tools to hold Putin’s Russia accountable for 19th century behavior”.   What we must realize is that at this very moment, Putin is surely using 21st century tools against us.  And we are in a confluence of security issues, that makes our nation vulnerable, because each of us are vulnerable, and most of us aren’t doing what is needed to solve the problems.

So what are the confluence of issues?  First there was the Heartbleed Bug, next support ended for Windows XP, and just this week a MAJOR problem was found in Internet Explorer (the default web browser in Windows), in which the Department of Homeland Security is telling people to stop using it.  I am sure the Russian government is not sitting idle while these things are occurring.

I will be posting over the next few days how to stay safe, as these are all problems that can be solved, if we work to solve them before we let our computers get hacked by Russia.   Also, the bigger picture solution is not to start to hate the Russians, as was the case during the Cold War.  We must support the people of Russia, to help them see that they have a corrupt dictator, and while it may seem to them that he is strengthening their nation, he is not.  Russians as a whole are a proud, intelligent, and educated people (so are Ukrainians).

Note: The graphic I used came from an article in Time Magazine, that was a few years in the past, but is relevant because it shows Russia using hacking to quiet dissent amongst its citizens.

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Written by Jacob Walker

April 30th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

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