Be In to Win – But Not Of


Be in the World – but no of the World.

We’ve heard that advise plenty of times.

Herman Melville, told us how to do that in Moby-Dick.

Be like a whale.

Oh, man! admire and model thyself after the whale! Do thou, too, remain warm among ice. Do thou, too, live in this world without being of it. Be cool at the equator; keep thy blood fluid at the Pole. Like the great dome of St. Peter’s, and like the great whale, retain, O man! in all seasons a temperature of thine own.”

There are different meanings to whale, such as this definition in the Free Dictionary.

whale

We face danger daily because somewhere, someone  is repeatedly whaling away trying to to rob us…

of our identity…

of our money…

of our life.

Be In the Digital World – But Not Of the Digital World.

One man can ruin millions of lives, cause utter destruction by simply hacking away.

In one place there are 6,000 hackers whaling away… trying to get at you and me.

The New York Times article “The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More” (1) tells the tale.

When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them. They were digitally looting an account of the Bangladesh Central Bank, when bankers grew suspicious about a withdrawal request that had misspelled “foundation” as “fandation.”

Their track record is mixed, but North Korea’s army of more than 6,000 hackers is undeniably persistent, and undeniably improving, according to American and British security officials who have traced these attacks and others back to the North.

Then only sheer luck enabled a 22-year-old British hacker to defuse the biggest North Korean cyberattack to date, a ransomware attack last May that failed to generate much cash but brought down hundreds of thousands of computers across dozens of countries — and briefly crippled Britain’s National Health Service.

And just as Western analysts once scoffed at the potential of the North’s nuclear program, so did experts dismiss its cyberpotential — only to now acknowledge that hacking is an almost perfect weapon for a Pyongyang that is isolated and has little to lose.

How about that… they can bring down an entire digital nation.

But they cannot spell…

Yet.

These relentless pursuers are after our information, our savings and heard earned reputations…

every day…

every hour…

every minute and second.

In a microsecond, hackers can turn our world upside down. can take over control.

The Wall Journal article  the importance of microseconds in our lives. The article  “Pentagon Turns to High-Speed Traders to Fortify Markets Against Cyberattack” tells how experts attend brainstorming sessions to identify how hackers might wreak havoc.

High-speed traders use sophisticated computer programs to buy and sell stocks, sometimes in fractions of a second.  Hackers can use the same techniques, so Darpa consults with high-speed traders and others from Wall Street are helping the Pentagon study how hackers could unleash chaos in the U.S. financial system.

The article says: Attendees brainstorm about how hackers might try to bring down U.S. markets, then rank the ideas by feasibility.

Among the potential scenarios: Hackers could cripple a widely used payroll system; they could inject false information into stock-data feeds, sending trading algorithms out of whack; or they could flood the stock market with fake sell orders and trigger a market crash.

Among potential targets that participants have worried could appeal to hackers given their broad reach are credit-card companies, payment processors and payroll companies such as Automatic Data Processing , Inc., or ADP, which handles the paychecks for one in six U.S. workers, participants said.

Our digital lives are attacked daily in so many different ways.

Even the experts cannot keep up.

For example Equifax gave up the personal information of hundreds of millions to hackers.

Then when those at risk checked their credit, the Equifax website redirected him to a third-party site loaded with malware.

This new Equifax security issue happened because Equifax was using a discontinued analysis program.  The company that had provided this service to Equifax had shut it down and closed the domain.

That domain was reregistered Nov. 15, 2016 to a new individual with an address listed southeast of Bangkok.

Looks like North Korea is not the only Asian country hosting people who are attacking you… and me… and our entire way of life.

One hacker can ruin millions.

There are millions of hackers, whaling away… right now… trying to ruin us all.

Be In the Digital World – But Not Of the Digital World.

Let’s face it… we have to be in the digital world.

We want the internet, the credit cards, the computers.  They make life easier, richer.

The digital world allows us to have more than our forefathers could even imagine.

We want the benefits without being digital slaves, who are totally dependent on it.

We cannot depend entirely on the digital world.

Become a Pruppie.  Use the digital world for all its worth, but do something you love that is not of it, so when we are hacked… we not only survive, but prosper in a fulfilling way.

Gary

(1) www.nytimes.com: North Korea hacking

(2) www.wsj.com: Pentagon turns to high speed traders to fortify markets against cyberattack

 


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