The title of a Yahoo! article released on September 27, 2012 is “Hackers, POSSIBLY From (the) Middle East, Block US BANKS’ Websites” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/hackers-possibly-middle-east-block-u-banks-websites-214243943–abc-news-topstories.html).
“The financial and banking industries are on high alert tonight (September 27, 2012) as a massive cyberattack continues, with POTENTIALLY millions of customers of Bank of America, PNC and Wells Fargo finding themselves blocked from banking online”.
According to Doug Johnson, “a vice president and senior adviser of the American Bankers Association”, “There is AN ELEVATED LEVEL OF THREAT. The threat level is now HIGH“.
According to Dick Clarke, “an ABC News consultant and former cybersecurity CZAR“, “This is TWICE as large as any FLOOD we have ever seen“. This is EXTREMELY ALARMING. Let’s also notice “czar” because in today’s world, where everything seems to be politicized, Republicans will surely be screaming again that WE MUST GET RID OF “czars” (assuming Obama is re-elected) because czars INTRUDE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES.
“Today (September 27, 2012) was PNC Bank’s turn: For three hours, ABC News tried to get on the PNC website TO NO AVAIL” obviously. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THOSE HACKERS/TERRORISTS INTENDED.
“On Facebook, a FRUSTRATED customer, Cynthia Schirm, wrote, “TRYING to pay bills. THIS IS RIDICULOUS“. This is the latest “frustrated” person and as we know, “frustrated” is a fundamental characteristic of “Difficult People” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Another customer, Stacy Briggs-Gerlach, wrote: “HOPEFULLY, it can be up soon. NEVER REALIZED HOW DEPENDENT I AM ON IT!!!” This is true for A LOT of people these days. ALMOST ALL OF US are online for most of the day. THERE’S NO INDICATION how “soon” this will be, of course. In a society where everyone seems to be dragging their feet for POLITICAL reasons these days, “soon” is actually NOT “soon” AT ALL.
“A group of hackers calling themselves Izz ad-Din al-Qassam warned the financial industry that it was going to attack in RETALIATION for the controversial film “The Innocence of Muslims” which provoked OUTRAGE across the Muslim world earlier this month (September, 2012)”. Of course, we all know how DANGEROUS “outrage”, which often leads to the “force and pain technique” being used (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI) can be and “retaliation”, of course, = REVENGE, which as we know, is an “Ambassador of Doom” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7cmuRLwME).
Clarke went on: “This is the first time that WE KNOW ABOUT, where a Middle Eastern entity, perhaps a Middle Eastern government, has attacked WEB-SITES (and other) critical infrastructure, in the United States”. This illustrates/reinforces a VERY IMPORTANT/CRITICAL point: there’s a lot about terrorism that “we” DON’T “know about”.
Finally, “IF they get inside the banks, they can move money around and CAUSE FINANCIAL CHAOS“. “chaos” HAS ALREADY OCCURRED. As we’ve seen, some people are already in PANIC mode.
So this time, the hackers ARE NOT from CHINA or NORTH KOREA. In China of course, as we know, Internet censorship is simply RIDICULOUS/OUTRAGEOUS, with FACEBOOK and TWITTER among the thousands of sites which are blocked (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_websites_blocked_in_the_People’s_Republic_of_China). So it’s time to present a dilemma. For those of us who must go to UNDEMOCRATIC and/or DANGEROUS places, how would we like to die? In CHINA (excluding HONG KONG & TAIWAN), people will die from SUFFOCATION/LACK OF INFORMATION ABOUT/FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD. Even GOOGLE is blocked and access to Google Hong Kong is also SEVERELY restricted. In the Middle East, we can tweet and use Facebook, but we see, hear and read about PEOPLE GETTING SLAUGHTERED ON A DAILY BASIS. Now we’ve got MIDEAST hackers hacking US banks’ web-sites. This (death by SUFFOCATION or death by FIRING SQUADS) is indeed a HORRIBLE predicament to be in.