Friday, February 17, 2006

Bloggers now considered a threat by Homeland security

Last week the homeland security department completed a mock cyberattack. The purpose was to gauge the nation's readiness to handle large scale cyber threats. While I support this type of preparedness, I was surprised that one of the focus areas was to respond to bloggers. DHS described the exercise as "...biggest-ever exercise to test how it would respond to devastating attacks over the Internet from anti-globalization activists, underground hackers, and bloggers." Bloggers?

There are two ways to look at this:

1. The government realizes that information is power and that they should pay more attention to it (too bad we didn't focus on it before invading Iraq)

2. This is the first step in their "war on bloggers". This administration has a track record of building a PR campaign against people that they eventually attack (axis of evil, Al-Queda/Iraq connections, etc).

My pessimistic view and lack of trust in this administration believes the later. The blogosphere has been a major pain in the butt for them and I believe they would like to discredit it as much as possible.

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