NSA? How About DoS?

There’s one reason and one reason alone the U.S. government continues to hound whistleblower Ed Snowden: he makes those running this nation look like idiots. Actually, he reiterates the certainty many share that the nation is being led by idiots. Want proof? Try this:

If you tried to log into your bank in recent months, odds are, you were greeted by a frustratingly slow wait time as your browser spinned. And spinned. And spinned even more. All of the nation’s big banks have been hit:

  • Bank of America
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Wells Fargo
  • Regions
  • and all the rest…

I wrote extensively on this for months, beginning this past September and as recently as a few weeks ago. The group that claims responsibility for these hundreds of attacks is Izz ad-Din al-Quassam Cyber Fighters, a hacker group that promised to keep those attacks coming until and unless a video on YouTube came down. The video insulted the Prophet Muhammad, which insulted many Muslims. The video came down, the hackers backed off, but promised (and is delivering) an even bigger attack this year.

Here’s the kicker though: the government dismissed these attacks and even went so far as to say that the group simply didn’t have the “capability to mount such attacks without outside help” Some placed the blame on Iran, but for the most part, it was ignored. Can’t explain it, can’t fix it – then ignore it. As a result:

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Note the dates that I’ve included in the screen shots and in some instances, the first paragraph (click on any of those images to go to the stories). Also – and this is where it becomes most frustrating – the FDIC is now issuing new warnings that we (as in American banking consumers) could be in for even more oversight. They can’t find the hackers, so their solution is to force us into even more banking laws. If it feels like the “bad guys” are being rewarded for their bad behavior, you’re right.

That’s a problem for a few reasons:

  • The new laws that were put into place over the past two years still haven’t served a purpose (with the one exception of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau which was founded to protect consumers from the government – and for once, a government agency is doing exactly what it was intended to do).
  • The bank heavy hitters (including Jamie Dimon) were (and “were” is our operative word here) vehemently opposed to new oversight – until they realized the government can’t be anymore trusted to take two steps for the truth than they can.
  • And the most obvious: Who’s going to pay for all of this new oversight?

Granted, the entire NSA scandal and these cyber attacks have just a few things in common, the most obvious being the privacy of Americans. It’s the differences that provide the ribbons of reality for the average American. Once you think about it, it makes sense:

We have a face to put the NSA scandal that makes the federal government look bad. We don’t have a face to put to the hackers that continue to wreak havoc on our banks and in turn, make the federal government look bad.

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