This morning I exercised my true American right. I voted.
For some, voting is a delicate process that involves days of analysis, research and personal preference. For some, just having the ability to vote is more important than the outcome.
For some, however the election is a ruse. A rote, choreographed series of motions undermined by well-scripted television ads, slick marketing campaigns and overstated commitments.
For those who truly understand the global state of information security, it’s something altogether different.
In fact some believe that the new regime has already assumed power. This new guard isn’t a bunch of Harvard-educated attorneys and career politicians. They have no experience in legislative process, and they’ve never run a campaign. They are nameless and faceless. They’re 17 years old. They’re in their mid-thirties. They’re Russian, British and American.
And they control the world.
Using 100 million infected PCs globally, they can shut down power grids and cause financial chaos. Using weaponized software they can destroy intellectual property and control military networks. They own your credit card number and can listen to your mobile phone calls. They are CyberGods, and there are no term limits.
They have assumed control.
The world in which they operate is limited only by their imaginations, and their cyberwar is not bounded by rules of engagement. Their power is growing. Their reach is expanding. Their wealth is multiplying. Their armies have already overthrown nations in Africa and the Middle East. They are so much more than thieves. They are organized. They are evolving.
They are motivated.
On this Election Day, remember that the true ruling party – this legion – was not voted into power by throngs of rabid fans, they were implicitly elected by a movement of ignorance. An ethos of apathy.
Throughout history the people have risen up to unseat their oppressors, but not before tremendous hardship. A body in motion tends to stay in motion, as Newton once said, and geo-political movements have been no exception. Those in power will do their best to stay in power, and the cybercrimelords that are feasting on our negligence will find new, more deceptive ways to maintain their rule.
We have waited too long. Their momentum is too great. This global network of organized cybercriminals will not simply resign. The people will need to rise up. We will need to stand and fight.
It may take bloody revolution.