Posted 8 months ago on May 19, 2021, 12:59 p.m. EST by agkaiser
from Fredericksburg, TX
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
In 1992 I worked for an Army contractor in Sierra Vista, AZ, where the Electronic Proving Ground was based in Ft. Huachuca. Windows 3.0 was running on the computer at my desk and that of other engineers and computer scientists that worked with me. We had a LAN in our building and were beginning to talk about wireless networking and connection to the internet. Many of US had home computers already plugged into "bulletin boards" and ISPs like AOL. I had used a modem to connect to my account at UofAZ and do homework prior to graduation in 1987.
At my facility in 1992 we had a separate isolated network of computers where classified data, software and hardware existed. It had no connection to the outside world. But some wanted to be able to communicate with other such military networks. In a discussion one day, I was asked my opinion about how to secure wireless communication between such networks. I said it couldn't be done. The only way to be sure was to have only hardwired connection among such computers and no connection to the public internet of any kind. It seemed at the time I was believed. I don't know what happened after I left the Military Industrial Complex in 1993.
I do know that if the Colonial Pipeline Hack weren't a hoax, that those computers never should have had a wireless or any connection to the public internet. To allow critical infrastructure to be controlled by machines on such inherently insecure networks is negligent and incompetent.
Yes, private hardwired networks will be much more expensive. If private industry can't make a profit and secure our infrastructure, then non profit control, of, by and for the people is what we must demand. The failure of Colonial Pipeline has cost billions in the increase of gasoline prices alone. It's time to put people ahead of profits.
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