sardia wrote:Quick tip about hacking. Revealing how you found out they hacked you reveals more about your defenses then your enemies offense. Aka, you aren't going to get much more information.
True... but we aren't talking about "our" (as in national) cyber defense. The DNC is a private organization; they use standard commercial security measures. This is akin to someone hacking a corporation, and while you don't reveal the exact technologies that you use to gather evidence, you can still reveal evidence (if you have it) that points to the folks you're accusing of the hack.
If we're expected to believe that a foreign power actually influenced a national election, we need more than a "trust us" statement from the government.
Now what Obama could do is hack them back, but that would reveal secrets too. Also it would kill a lot of people. For example, there's a lot of cities that sit down river from a dam. You could, and countries *have done this, open the flood gates, and flood the city. Or cut off power to hospitals. These are all war crimes.
A far more reasonable course of action would be to reveal embarrassing information about Russian leaders or other prominent figures. Escalating to the point where you're actually threatening lives would be colossally stupid... I seriously doubt Obama would order, or even allow, something like that.
*Iran gained control of a US dam flood gates, and ordered it open. The dam was offline at the time, but the message was clearly recieved.
Yeah, I remember that one... dude who did it was actually in New York and was able to physically access the dam, which allowed him to get the information he needed to gain system access. It was kind of a strange target to be honest... really small dam, even if they had gained control the damage would have been minimal, some flooded basements and pissed off townspeople at the most. I guess it could have been a proof of concept kind of deal, but even that is kind of iffy because a dam that small doesn't have anything like the systems of a large hydro dam for example.
It'd be kind of like if you wanted to rob a bank, and you practiced by robbing your neighbors tool shed. Same overall concept maybe, but pretty far off in terms of execution.