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Senate bill S.773, Gov control of Internet

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by XrayMan, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. XrayMan

    XrayMan Newbie

    Jun 19, 2009
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    Thought this might be interesting guys. Time to step up and let the elected ones know that this kind of crap is NOT acceptable.
    Here's a copy of the article. I will post the link also.

    How far is too far in the pursuit of power?
    How much power is too much power?
    Who is power in America mandated by?
    These are all questions every free-thinking American should be asking themselves in light of the newest development in the Socialist take-over of the Federal government. A new draft of Senate bill S.773 has been leaked to and broken by Declan McCullagh of CNET News and CBS News. The main theme of the bill gives the Executive Branch "emergency" control of private-sector computer networks in the event of a "cyberemergency" or "cybesecurity attack" during a severe attack or natural disaster. And specifically says, ?whatever is necessary? to repel the attack.
    In addition, it will mandate Federal licensing requirements for the professionals that work on certain communications networks.
    "Cyber" is defined as anything having to do with the internet, telecommunications, computers, or computer networks.
    A previously defeated bill in the U.S. Senate specifically included the power to disconnect private-sector computer networks from the internet. This one appears not to specifically define the steps the President can take to shut down a "cybersecurity" attack only "the power to do whatever is necessary", which troubles the Internet Security Alliance; a group made up representatives from major communications companies. Not to mention the American people, IF they find out.
    These alone are serious blows to freedom and the currently limitless expansion of internet communications. But add to that the fact that it also includes a Federal mandate to do periodic mapping of private networks deemed to be critical and requires those companies to give up requested information. So, the Feds will have the power to know proprietary information for any company they deem "critical" to infrastructure.
    Only a lawyer can truly appreciate the vagueness and broad interpretations possible in seemingly benign language. Uninformed Americans may feel, "Geez, who WOULD protect us from a cybersecurity emergency?"
    The answer is simply the private network administrators. They have the ultimate incentive to shut down an attack on their own systems and develop strategies to shut down attacks against other companies and to hire and retain the talent necessary to do it. In this bill, the Fed wants to know who these professionals are, where they work, and what their capabilities are. Knowing that the most talented system administrators work in the private sector; they want to be able to either commission or neutralize them.
    What the hell does the President know about hierarchical topology networks, star networks, mesh networks, VPN, or peer-to-peer architecture?
    My guess is absolutely nothing. But the U.S. Senate, the Constitutional balance to the Executive branch mind you, thinks he knows enough to do "whatever is necessary" to private communications networks in the event of an attack or emergency.
    I know you closet libertarians out there are especially seething by now. The internet is our only medium left to let people know and find out how we are being confronted directly and aggressively by a rapidly expanding Federal government. As Rahm so eloquently articulated, "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste." This is no exception, because the Feds can't protect their own systems, they feel like no one can, they are "going to do things they never thought possible" at the expense of you and your neighbor's rights and personal prosperity.

    The internet is the greatest economical engine since the invention of the engine, of course the Feds want omniscient control over it, and in turn you. "Whatever is necessary" does include a complete and absolute shut-down of private communications in the bill's currently reported form. They already have the power to pressure ISP's to divulge proprietary code and private information on users, they just now want the power to shut it down at its highest levels.
    It's the principle of inertia; a body will maintain its uniform motion until directly acted upon by a competing force. This Federal government will continue barreling into your living room until you act upon it.
    Declan received this email response from Jenna Longo, the director for the Senate Commerce committee, you can decide for yourself if it's sufficient:

    The president of the United States has always had the constitutional authority, and duty, to protect the American people and direct the national response to any emergency that threatens the security and safety of the United States. The Rockefeller-Snowe Cybersecurity bill makes it clear that the president's authority includes securing our national cyber infrastructure from attack. The section of the bill that addresses this issue, applies specifically to the national response to a severe attack or natural disaster. This particular legislative language is based on longstanding statutory authorities for wartime use of communications networks. To be very clear, the Rockefeller-Snowe bill will not empower a "government shutdown or takeover of the Internet" and any suggestion otherwise is misleading and false. The purpose of this language is to clarify how the president directs the public-private response to a crisis, secure our economy and safeguard our financial networks, protect the American people, their privacy and civil liberties, and coordinate the government's response.

    The Libertarian position on government intervention into the internet.
    Mr. McCullagh's unanswered questions posed to the Senate Commerce committee: http://politechbot.com/docs/rockefeller.cybersecurity.questions.082809.txt