Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Russia’s Hacking U.S. Networks the Next Sputnik?

A little history here:
After WWII, we got German rocket scientists – especially Von Braun – and the Russians got some too.  This was latter half of the 1940’s and early 1950’s – which was also the start of the Cold War.

A new reality became apparent to anyone who followed current events: The Russians were not going to give up control of the land they had taken during the war – especially Eastern Germany, and the agreement over how Berlin would be divided and operated became meaningless.  (Churchill may have seen this coming.)

So, we put our German rocket scientists, along with our on scientists, to work to develop a V2-like missile for the U.S. to fight the new enemy just as the Germans did to attack England.  Russia did too.  However, Russia went further – much further – into uncharted development the likes of which few if any had ever considered.

A little more history here (Russia history):
While Russia may have come into the twentieth century one of the more backward countries in Europe and Asia, Russians are not a backward people.  Some very intelligent genes course through their veins, and while they may have selected a economic/governmental system that was doomed to fail – including their latest one – there are some very smart techies doing innovative “stuff” even as I post this blog.  Russia proves the saying “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”.  Google up living in Russia if you don’t believe me.

Anyway, back to my comparing this recent hacking by the Russians to Sputnik.  This could have as big an impact as Sputnik did on science.  When Russia launch Sputnik in 1957, and it started flying over the U.S. and any red-blooded American could see it or here it beeps, it scared the hell out of a lot of people.

And what did this lead to?  The race to the moon, NASA, all manner of satellites such as GPS, weather, and those only the CIA knows about, and the current space station.

Given this past history of innovative development of new technologies, might the Russians’ hacking follow a similar path that came after Sputnik?  Is there another young Lev Sergeyevich Termen, or Léon Theremin as he is known in the United States, coming up with some new spying technology that we not even grasp or understand as has happen in the past?  We can only watch and wonder.