COMING SOON: The Major’s History of the United States Series: Post World War II through Today-with a twist…..

Pretty soon, The Major will begin to go through the History of the United States from Post World War II up through today.

But the Major will be adding a twist. Alongside with the History Lesson, The Major will be including in parallel, the rise of the computer. The Major, having been a decades-long practitioner of programming arts and sciences, will make sure that the computer side gets a real good coverage-because, quite frankly, what I’ve seen from today’s tech press is that they too, have loss a sense of history.

Stay tuned….

PSA to the People of the Free World: The Wikileaks digital arsenal

The real face of Julian Assange (The Major thanks Jim Kasper for his mad Photoshop skillz! Rock on!):

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(Yep-I went there…after all, it seems only fitting once you read my little missive….)

To the People of The Free World:

It’s time you seriously reconsider Wikileaks, given their involvement in the DNC hack and their most recent attempt to throw sand in the gears of the announcement of former director Mulerr as Special Counsel.

Here’s why: Information is power. But that can be weaponized..

Look at what Wikileaks is sitting on: they have obtained thousands of sensitive documents and databases-many of them leaked for sure, but most stolen more than likely-but that trove has now become one giant stockpile of digital arms imaginable-a very formidable one.

Conventional weapons are so 20th Centuty. Cyberweapons are now the 21st Century
weapon of choice, leveling the playing field fom even the tiniest nation to the giant behemoths.

And Wikipedia is sitting on perhaps the largest unprotected arsenal on the planet today.

You comfortable with that?

You saw what Wikileaks just did with that lame-ass Mueller tweetstorm, trying to discredit him. The smart people knows that’s all bullshit. Obviously, Wikileaks doesn’t like what’s happening to Donald J. Trump right now and throwing off digital flak.

So now it’s up to people like me to protect those citizens of ours who ares less uninformed and very tech-unsavvy from you and your fellow associates…..

 

Wikileaks and whoever is funding them are a Grave and Mortal Threat to All Democracies and Free Nations around the World.

 

And again, The Major will not tolerate that.

A PSA to The People of the United States of America and a Letter to Wikileaks and John Paul Hawkins

WARNING: Long Post ahead. (But trust me-read it all. It’s worth your time-you may lean some things you didn’t know….)

Yes, folks, who would have thought how prophetic Roger Waters would be in 1987 when he wrote “The Tide is Turning”…….

Dear Wikileaks and John Paul Hawkins (your birth name, not your Julian Assange name that makes you sound exotic-trust me, I know your type:)

Greetings. My name is The Major. I am an Information Technology specialist, specifically in Financial Services, with a sub-specialty in networking and cyber security. As part of our routine training each year, we are all taught how to practice safe coding techniques, know OWASP 10+2 backwards and forwards, know how to spot phishing emails-y’know, the kind that cause mischief and mayhem to IT organizations. I was also heavily involved in the network integration between a major Too-Big-to-Fail Bank and a major US retailer. So, needless to say, Mr. Hawkins, I know my shit.

I know a whole lot of people look up to Wikileaks and to you, Mr. Hawkins, as some kind of hero. Sadly, I don’t. For the record, Mr. Hawkins, I met a True American Cyber Hero-RADM Grace Hopper. I met her during my college days when the ACM held their annual convention in the town where I went to college. Very few people can say they met one of (at that time) a living legend.

I did.

I have read your bio on Wikipedia. After reading it, I came to the quick realization that I know what your problem is, Mr. Hawkins-you are nothing more than an adolescent stuck inside a man’s body, desperately wanting the world to pay attention to you, and, while doing so, have used Wikileaks as your vehicle, causing massive upheaval and damage along the way.

In many ways you are very much like Howard Beale from the movie Network, who was “Mad as hell, and wasn’t going to take it any more”.  Well, Mr. Hawkins, there was also another character in that movie, played by Ned Beatty, called Arthur Sloan, whose quote is also infamous: “You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr Beale, and I will not have it-is that clear?”

Mr. Hawkins, consider me your Arthur Sloan.

At this point, Mr. Hawkins, you are probably asking yourself: “Just who the hell is this fool who just only recently established a Twitter account and website? What does he want from me?”

Well, first off, Mr. Hawkins, I do not suffer fools gladly. As for what I want, well, pretend your Mr. Morden, and I’m Vir Cotto from Babylon 5:

That, of course is an exaggeration-my request is much more modest that that.

I see from your bio that you started hacking back in 1987. By that time, I had already started on my successful FinTech career in 1981. At the time I was a member of the Southeastern Michigan Computer Organization (SEMCO). In 1983, an event took place that wold forever change my view of computers, hacking and crime. It got nationwide press coverage, including the New York Times. The Detroit Free Press com computer writer at the time, Colin Covert (who now works for the Minneapolis Star Tribune as a film critic) wrote a very detailed article on the going-on of the infamous 414’s.

And I had a front-row seat to to those events, Mr.  Hawkins.

Now let’s fast forward to today, where Wikileak’s stunt of publishing the Democratic National Committee emails pretty much sealed Hillary’s Clinton’s fate. I also note that, according to Wikipedia, Wikileaks (and by association, you, Mr. Hawkins) oddly silent on spilling the beans on any juicy stuff from Russian sources-and, for that matter, the GOP here in the US. Rather odd behavior, that…..

Here’s the very troubling thing about your publication of those emails. First off, everyone knows that making a PDF to look like a legitimate email is easy-peasy. That, naturally, led me to someone who could validate my suspicions…..

When I read that article, things stared coming into place for me-and it’s not a particularly nice picture, Mr. Hawkins.

Just as I was writing this, I see that Wikileaks is posting a furious series of tweets attempting to discredit the recently appointed Special Prosecutor to head the Trump-Russia Investigation:

You seem bound and determined to stick your nose in our affairs. I’m not having any of it.

The Major loves his country-and I’ll be GOD DAMNED if i’m gonna let some immature asshole holed up an Ecuadoran Embassy fuck with my country.

Using Bitcoin to hide donations is a double-edge sword right there-we all know the blockchain contains every transaction ever done-which is nice. Which means we know the amount, source and destination. Which means, it will be a very simple process to work our way backwards through the blockchain to hunt down all of your the funding sources via Bitcoin. Should be fun exercise, no doubt.

Now that I hopefully have your attention, let’s back to the DNC documents, shall we?

You have 72 hours to:

  1. Produce the DNC database illegally provided to you for forensic analysis by an independent Cybersecurity team
  2. Produce a complete dump of your public searchable archives of your 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments published on wikileaks.org so we can compare them against your purloined goods and against the DNC’s original copy.

If you fail to do so, we can only assume, as per the Politifact article, that a significant portion of your publishing are altered, and therefore, fraudulent-at which point, your credibility and reputation is now seriously called into question-if not outright ridiculed and mocked. And to the citizens of the United States, you now see what happens when you fail to hold your media and government accountable and make them do their job, and I have to step in and clean up this mess from your laziness.

(OK, I’m being a tad harsh here, but I have reason to be so. Let me ask you a question: In 2010 Fox News all but flat out stated that Wikileaks was an Enemy of The State. Now fast forward to 2016-this time, Fox News’s Sean Hannity and David Duke are praising Wikileaks.

Yes. You heard me. And now you have the evidence. Getting back to the movie “Network” and that most excellent scene with Howard Beale and Arthur Sloan, Once again I play Arthur Sloan: “Am I getting through to you, Mr. & Mrs. America and all ships at sea?” Now that I’m done with my PSA, back to the schooling…)

That last tweetstorm, though, was the final straw that broke the camels back, Mr. Hawkins. Yet again, I’m of another scene from Babylon 5, when once again, you’re Mr. Morden….but instead of being the diplomatic attache Vir Cotto, I’m pretty sure that, after this latest outburst of yours, that the people of the United States clearly sees what kind of meddling menace your are and are more than willing to gleefully play the role of Londo Mollari:

 

As Londo said: “Today is a very special day indeed.” And as the fullness of time marches on, Mr. Hawkins, consider this just a “shot” to use the phrase from mixology. The Major has a very special Chaser he’s brewing up just for you, Mr. Hawkins.

Cheers!

 

A message to Millenials (and everyone else)

Dear Millenials:

Over the next several weeks The Major will begin to publish detailed history about the Untied States from post World War II until today. It is imperative that you read it, for the simple reason that it seems that we’ve lose a sense of history-and that very dangerous.

Leo Buscgaia, AKA “Dr. Love”, and denizen of many 1980s PBS pledge drives, routinely warned in his pledge drive shows:

“Those people, who have lost a sense of history, are going to have to re-live it themselves”.

So please, put your cellphones down, stop Tweeting and Snapchatting, stop taking stupid pictures of what you are eating and posting them on Facebook, and really educate yourselves as to what is happening right now.  It’s that important.

And while you’re at it, for God sake, practice safe computing-the recent malware outbreak of WannaCrypt should serve as a wakeup call to the reality that every one of us are now unwilling soldiers in a war being waged against each and every one of us using the Inetenet as the battlefield. So make sure you apply every patch that comes out, don’t click on any suspicious emails. Here’s good place to start.

As Jesse Ventura would say when he closes eyer episode on his show “Off the Grid”:

Stay Vigilant.

Welcome to Views from the Major.

Welcome to this new blog. With all that is happening with our new President and the resulting chaos that is following, I feel it’s my duty as a citizen to begin to re-calibrate and break the bonds of the manufactured consent and conditioning that has plagued our nation over the years as shown so brilliantly in the movie “Network” 

In addition, it appears that we Americans have lost a sense of history both locally and globally, which is very dangerous, as we see the very signposts happening right now that happened that led to the events that led to Wold War II-but instead of the the believers of the Jewish faith being targeted as was the case in World War II, it is now the believers of the Islamic faith-we must not let that happen again. Sure, we’ve seen some horrible acts committed by ISIS recently-but let’s not forget all of the atrocities committed by by the IRA during The Troubles (which to us Americans is pretty much a non-event-but ask any British citizen about that time and you’ll get quite a different story.)

Over the next month or so I will be filling in sections of the blog with historical accounts of major events in various areas and subject domains to provide background of what happened in the past (i.e., how we got here), post on current news items with a twist-I will report on a news item 48 hours after the event occurs, simply because the major media outlets heedlessly rush to be first and get the details wrong. So in the meantime, I may be very quiet while I compile all of my goodness to post here. Feel free to subscribe for updates as I post them so you can stay correctly informed without.

Contrary to what President Trump asserts, The United States is still a great country. How he managed to get elected left me and a lot of others gobsmacked. Some of his cabinet post picks are even more appalling. What in the world have we done?

Perhaps this rather prescient clip from the ABC miniseries “Amerika” might jog some memories and make some points clear….

Oh, I almost forgot The Major’s mission: “To protect The Free World in Cyberspace when other’s cant-or won’t”.