Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    “The President of the United States even has the authority to green-light preemptive strikes against a credible, impending cyber-attack, according to the NYT article. This is so serious that either the Pentagon or Homeland Security Department would respond, depending on the type of attack.


    So once more, as with nuclear weapons, the president has to be trusted to only launch a cyber-attack in the event of a credible impending attack on our countries infrastructure. I suppose this was inevitable, considering the vulnerability of the power, water and military “grids” that could be compromised. Who would have thought that the Internet we all love so much could end up being such a dangerous weapon in the wrong hands…

  2. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 3 years ago

    If you read the code along the inside of the emblem, (erm once you’ve cracked the 32 digits’ md5 cryptographic hash):

    USCYBERCOM plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes and conducts activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and; prepare to, and when directed, conduct full spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries.’

  3. Tue Elung-Jensen

    Tue Elung-Jensen said, over 3 years ago

    I’m surprised at the ignorance of both what to hit, and how World of Warcraft works. Unless they also mean unsold versions of the game you would hit servers, and not individual copies. It would for that matter only hit the american servers and not european or asian.

  4. michael pokrivnak

    michael pokrivnak said, over 3 years ago

    Send in the clowns would be more appropriate.

  5. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 3 years ago

    Is our UN rep really that unattractive?

  6. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Tue Elung-Jensen;
    You may be over-thinking this one. The toon was meant to titillate the “unwashed masses”, not stir up the gaming geek crowd.

  7. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    “The goal of this particular effort is to generate huge profits…”

    That may have something to do with it, but there is a definite real threat to the infrastructure of the country. I was in school with a lot of computer types in the late 80’s that evolved into computer security people. One friend of mine used to drum up business for his company by breaking into databases of banks and financial institutions and leaving messages for security services. Fortunately for him they usually hired him to set up better firewalls and protection for their networks rather than having him arrested.
    Beyond the Washington paranoia involved, it’s a real threat that, as usual, we are behind the curve in addressing.

  8. Arghhgarrr

    Arghhgarrr GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Must be the latest patch from Blizzard!

  9. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Tue Elung-Jensen

    The whole point of the toon is that the U.S. is claiming the right to hack machines of people they believe are a threat, anywhere, anytime.

    Sounds far fetched, until you consider the possibility that they may decide they need to monitor WoW players who might commit a cyber-crime. Maybe they think coded messages are being passed via in-game chats. Next thing you know, they’ve inserted code on everyone’s systems to allow them to monitor & control all activity, in the game & otherwise.

  10. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago

    I want to slip in a joke here.
    Subject: Ethel Changed Motels

    Last week, Ethel checked into a motel on her 70th birthday and she was a bit lonely. She thought, “I’ll call one of those men you see advertised in phone books for escorts and sensual massages.”
    She looked through the phone book, found a full page ad for a guy calling himself Tender Tony – a very handsome man with assorted physical skills flexing in the photo.
    He had all the right muscles in all the right places, thick wavy hair, long powerful legs, dazzling smile, six pack abs and she felt quite certain she could bounce a coin off his well oiled butt. She figured, what the heck, nobody will ever know.
    I’ll give him a call.
    “Good evening, ma’am, how may I help you?
    Oh my, he sounded sooo sexy! Afraid she would lose her nerve if she hesitated, she rushed right in,
    “Hi, I hear you give a great massage. I’d like you to come to my motel room and give me one. No, wait, I should be straight with you. I’m in town all alone and what I really want is sex. I want it hot, and I want it now. Bring implements, toys, rubber, leather, whips, everything you’ve got in your bag of tricks. We’ll go hot and heavy all night; tie me up, cover me in chocolate syrup and whipped cream, anything and everything, I’m ready! Now how does that sound?”
    He said,
    “That sounds absolutely fantastic, but you need to press 9 for an outside line.”

  11. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    If you are speaking of the Geneva Accords’ international law of armed conflict and cyber warfare, there aren’t any accords for cyber warfare yet.

  12. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    “Preemptive war”

    They are making it up as they go along. There are no rules for cyber war as such today, shy of the ones O is writing into the patriot act and the like. By their definition the attacks that have been made attempted or completed into our security system is a “preemptive act.”

  13. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    That was great! It’s one to forward to some of codgers I’m friends with.

  14. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago


    I found out you guys like those jokes better than the ones that are on about dot com.

  15. tundrasea

    tundrasea GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    There was a massive, global effort to fix the Y2K bug, before the start of the millennium. Hundreds of billions of dollars were spent (world wide). Apparently, these preventative measures were successful.

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