Sadly, the glory days of Spy vs. Spy are gone. No more encrypted notes taped under park benches. Forget about secret meetings in parking garages. Throw away your fountain pen with the camera in the cap.
Was that sultry Russian babe James Bond’s friend or enemy? How did Maxwell Smart get such good phone reception in his shoe?
Today’s spies aren’t nearly as cool and clandestine as the spooks we grew up with. You won’t find them sneaking through the fog in trenchcoats with microfilm and hidden cameras, digging up tidbits to sell to the KGB or the CIA. But there are still plenty of them, and they are gainfully employed by governments all over the world. They spend their workdays in front of a computer screen, looking for an open port or a compromised password. They write worms of code that can be planted in a target computer to reveal government secrets from yesterday, today, and into the future.
Democrats and the mainstream media (sorry, redundant) have suffered ‘hair-on-fire syndrome’ this week, blaming Russian hackers for helping Donald Trump defeat their heroine Hillary in the presidential election. It’s amusing on a number of fronts. They want to impugn Trump because somebody hacked their DNC servers and emails. They assume it was the Russians, but they don’t know. They don’t seem concerned about the ugly Democrat secrets revealed. They can’t explain why Russian president Putin would prefer Trump to their golden girl. Wasn’t it Hillary who gave 20% of our strategic uranium supply to Russia?
Vladimir, when asked by a reporter about Russian hacking, said, “It wasn’t us, but thanks for the compliment.”
“There’s nothing there benefiting Russia,” Putin told the Russia Calling conference. “The hysteria is simply to distract the American people from the contents of what the hackers have posted.”
Putin doesn’t deny that his government employs hackers. He would be foolish to do so, at a time when China, the United States, and many other governments are feverishly at work trying to dig up each others’ secrets. China, in fact, is setting the bar high for other wanna-be hacker spies. They nailed the personnel records of 4 million US government workers. Oops, make that 21.5 million government workers. They busted into the White House, the US Postal Service, the State Dept., and the NOAA. They infiltrated the FDIC. It may be hard to find a government server that hasn’t been hacked by the Chinese. Several years ago the Chinese Army filled a building with hackers, and has since built a small high-tech city around it, putting a whole lot of their espionage eggs in the computer hacking basket.
And if stealing secrets isn’t bad enough, foreign hackers are developing offensive weapons that could black-out our electrical grid, bring the stock market to a screeching halt, or make our barely-functional air traffic control system totally dysfunctional. Chances are some or all of these dastardly deeds are already do-able.
As early as 2011 the US government recognized hacking as the next big thing in intelligence and intrigue, ramping up to hire its own army of geeks. Mum has been the word since then, but it would be naïve, to say the least, to think that we haven’t tried to sneak into Putin’s database.
As to the latest knots in the Democrat underwear about Trump conspiring with big, mean Putin against poor little Hillary (who got her own top-secret server hacked by lord-knows-who) – I say, fagettaboutit. It’s Spy vs. Spy all over again, and our spies had better be at least as smart as the other guys spies.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
Hey don’t feel afraid
Of an undercover raid
There’s no need to fuss
There ain’t nobody that spies like us!
Spies Like Us – Paul McCartney