On Thursday, the head of cyber security for the French military, Vice Admiral Arnaud Coustilliere, said that "structured" groups and "well known Islamist hackers" were behind the attacks against the 20,000 sites, but did not elaborate.
Welcome to our broken internet.
How is it broken ?
A bunch of religious nut cases on the other side of the world can now dictate what sites can and cannot opperate, based on their religious views. They don't care about your religious views.
How do we fix this internet ?
The American NSA is actively working to prevent you from securing the internet from anyone who might hack you. Oh , in their view point they're fighting terrorism, they want to be able to hack anyone in the whole wide world. But by putting in a back door , trap door, whatever they call it, into your network , they're openning it to every hacker in the world.
And it's been in the news pretty much every day for a year now that NSA likes to hack encryption and put in back doors, and when asked to stop the only response we got was from President Obama telling us to "GET OVER IT" he has no intention of stopping.
Our current internet is for entertainment purposes only.
You can't run a business on it, because entire nation states will hack you. Brazil , for example is ticked that NSA got caught red handed trying to help an american company win a contract in their oil industry (big money) against Petrobrazil. This is why all american companies got the boot from brazil , and why they're now building their own undersea data cable straight to europe , bypassing american snooping.
It will be interesting to see what happens with that Data Cable , since it has been mentioned on several groups that the americans have a submarine called the USS Jimmy Carter specifically equipped for bugging undersea cables. But that cable is more than a year, possibly a couple of years, away so we're not getting any updates any time soon.
There are articles to this day about some kind of double ellipse random number generator used in encryption that has a "trap door" , apparently if you feed the right numbers into it , somehow , and it's used in certain encryption algorythms, you can figure out the password quite easily. The details are not at all clear to me, the part where they sabataged your encryption and stuff you thought was hidden , is not , is pretty clear.
Why is encryption important ?
It's used by everyone. Banks, the military , police agencies (lives are on the line there, a lit of under cover operatives infiltrating drug gangs could get a lot of cops killed).
And now everyone knows to bang away at encryption , any encryption , because it's probably been sabataged. The UK government is thinking about banning encryption entirely if it doesn't have a back door to let them in (you gotta know the criminals, and terrorists are going to go looking for that back door).
The problem here is that you're not encrypting your stuff against your next door neibours, and the 20 guys that live in your neibourhood who probably don't know squat about encryption.
The problem is your little computer is hooked into the whole world, and there are entire nation states that have decided they want access to everything, every where. Every mom and pop shop, every private user just playing games, everything.
And in their footsteps follow the terrorists who want to draw up a list of Infidels and execute them (there have already been news reports of ISIS making mal ware to find the real world location of their enemies and then sending over death squads...)
And staying quiet and not bothering people has , historically , never actually worked. Plus the Sunni Muslims and the Shi'ite muslims consider not only all non muslims in the world to be infidels, but each other as well , and you now have hundreds of millions of people who think you're an Infidel and desperately need to be killed, no matter what faith you follow. (or even pretend to follow). No matter what you state as your faith , someone isn't going to like it.
The time has come to take this internet technology , that is mostly copy lefted (free for anyone to use) and make your own internal network , and not connect it to anyone else. Just use it to share the printer on your floor. The time has come to contact your client via cell phone (voice or text message) and keep the content of the message down to "I'm down stairs please open the door" , or "Meet you at the cafe at 3pm " or "I just sent a courier over with the documents on a USB stick" or some such.
Teleconferencing is now out for most companies, because they generally want to keep the contents of their little management meetings private.
The time has come for private individuals to throw trash on their face book or other public accounts. Assuming you can't just shut them down. Make friends with people you don't really like. Claim you are an avid knitter, and then ignore all the knitting advertisments you will be flooded with. If anyone tries to analyze your face book for sales data, it should be full of errors, because "sales analysis" is a fancy way of saying "how can we double the price and he'll actually pay it , whether he likes it or not".
The time has come for national data networks, networks that only work for one country , and kick everyone else out. Why ? Because CSIS (the canadian version of NSA) is beholden to the canadian voter, and so they can't get too obnoxious without some politician coming down on them. But the USA's NSA doesn't give a rats behind what the Canadian Voter thinks, so they'll give us the middle finger and continue to gang rape our privacy and commit industrial espianoge and everything they can to get whatever they can out of it.