Geeks are the New Guardians of Our Civil Liberties A decade-plus of anthropological fieldwork among hackers and like-minded geeks has led me to the firm conviction that these people are building one of the most vibrant civil liberties movements we’ve ever seen. It is a culture committed to freeing information, insisting on privacy, and fighting censorship, which in turn propels wide-ranging political activity. In the last year alone, hackers have been behind some of the most powerful political currents out there.
Anonymous makes claim to hacking Federal Reserve and releases bank documents In the aftermath of information revolutionary Aaron Swartz’s mysterious death, the cyber group known as Anonymous made a claim on Feb. 3 that they not only broke into a possible Federal Reserve portal, but also released bank documents which detailed confidential information on many bankers who work closely with the central bank.
Last night Anonymous once again hacked a .gov site, this time the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC). But it was not the site hacked that was material, but rather what was posted on it. What was posted is an extended data dump sheet, titled “oops we did it again” which lists some 4,606 rows of confidential credential data including titles, names, addresses, emails, phone numbers, logins, password hashes, and much more. The spreadsheet can be found at this link.
Dave McIntyre graduated from West Point and spent thirty years in the United States Army, retiring as a Colonel. His time was divided between duty with airborne and armored reconnaissance units, and writing and teaching strategy.
He also taught composition and literature at West Point. He retired as the Dean of Faculty and Academics at the National War College.
In the last ten years, he has been deputy director of a national think tank, director of a graduate program at a nationally ranked university, and host for four years of a weekly radio program on homeland security broadcast in Texas and Washington, DC. He has taught graduate courses at the National War College, George Washington University, Texas A&M University, the University of Texas, the National Graduate School, and Colorado Technical University.
As a specialist in teaching national strategy and homeland security, he has been interviewed by U.S. and foreign media more than 700 times since 9/11, and has hosted 900 interviews of his own. He has made hundreds of presentations before a broad range of audiences, and testified before Congress on strategic issues. He was a military speechwriter for six years, and is presently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, and at the Bipartisan WMD Terrorism Research Center, both in Washington, DC.
His most recent publications include:
• Strategies and Methods for Informing Risk Management: An Alternative Perspective (a white paper on Risk Analysis for the Department of Homeland Security)
• National Report Card on Biopreparedness for the WMD Center
• Business Continuity and Homeland Security, Vol. I, coauthored/edited with Mr. William Hancock
Dr. McIntyre has:
• A BS in Engineering from the United States Military Academy
• An MA in English and American Literature from Auburn University
• A PhD in Political Science from the University of Maryland
Dave spent the last 25 years writing, teaching and speaking on national
and homeland security issues. CENTERLINE is his debut novel.