Cyber crime is big business in the US. Its used to spy, steal, harass competition, political opponents, or to stage an attack and blamed it on a foreign enemy.
Is the government in on this crime industry? Yes, and in bigger ways than you can imagine
This trend is enabled domestically by an institutionally corrupt US legal system and a police state which are fast working to shut and jail security consultants and white hat hackers who help to expose security flaws and government hegemony over cyber space. The reason for this is because the state wants to be able to operate in secret as the worlds biggest and most prolific hacking machine. In other words, the US government want hackers to exist, but only hackers who are on their payroll.
Still not convinced? According to McAfee, the United States is home to the largest number of botnets or zombie armies a hive of computers that are used to generate spam, relay viruses and flood networks and servers with excessive requests to cause it to fail in the world, and even control remote overseas servers used to hack other computers worldwide.
Want more? Data from Germanys Deutsche Telekom shows that more attacks against its networks come from the US.
Obama will tell his people that the Chinese are responsible for this hack, or that one. Still think that the US is not the number one cyber threat to the planet in 2013?
Read this shocking report
The United States government is investing tens of millions of dollars each year on offensive hacking operations in order to exploit vulnerabilities in the computers of its adversaries, Reuters reports.
According to an in-depth article published Friday by journalist Joseph Menn, the US and its Department of Defense contractors are increasingly pursuing efforts to hack the computers of foreign competitors, in turn exposing a rarely discussed aspect of the nations clandestine cyber operations.
In a time when the government continues to prosecute alleged domestic computer criminals so much so that demands for technology law reform have been rampant as of late Menn says the US is guilty of spending millions on discovering, identifying and exploiting previously unknown security flaws, often gaining unfettered access to the systems and networks of international targets.
As a result, the US has become one of the worlds top players in regards to wreaking havoc over the Internet even as calls to investigate foreign hackers increase in Congress.
Read the full article at: rinf.com