Wikileaks’ latest, devastating compromises of secret U.S. intelligence capabilities prompt three observations:
First, other spy agencies – including Russia’s and China’s – can also tap our smart phones, televisions and the myriad “wired” devices meant to comprise the emerging, so-called “Internet of Things.”
Second, such interconnectedness can be exploited not just to spy on us, but to take down our society. We must now protect both our electric grid against such a societal “kill shot,” and all the high-tech gear that electricity enables to enhance our standard of living, and increasingly to sustain life itself in 21st Century America.
Third, Wikileaks’ revelation that this sort of hacking can be disguised to look like others did it upends official assertions that Russian hackers interfered with our election. Will we ever know whether Team Obama’s “deep state” was doing some of that, too?
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