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US President Barack Obama will create a new White House post that's responsible for protecting the country's critical computer networks, a step he said was crucial to confronting one of the biggest national security challenges. For what is likely the first time ever, the leader of the free world spoke publicly about botnets, …

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  1. sage
    Linux

    So what's the plan?

    Running Windows with every antivirus, antispyware, and firewall out there and pretend that they're finally safe?

    Or will they wise up and realize it's time to move to a more secure Unix/Linux platform?

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    Follow the Leader

    Hosh posh. When will we realize that government oversight leads to the most inefficient and apathetic management? It is foolish to think that an organization itself does not have more invested in securing its systems than does the government. This is just another disappointing case of transferring the power upwards, demoting our upper-management and business owners into "rule followers"

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Great

    Another politically correct appointment coming up.

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    LOL what a sucker

    >"Indeed, in today's world, acts of terror could come not only from a few extremists in suicide vests but from a few keystrokes on a computer, a weapon of mass disruption.""

    He must have been listening to Fox News talking about 4chan. What a complete and utter Blair.

  5. jake Silver badge

    Waste of time, energy and tax payers money.

    The international Internet will do what it's always done (patch around "issues"), and the hopefully air gapped .mil systems will carry on as they have for decades. Whoever is appointed will be a figurehead with no power, nothing to do, and most likely politically expedient.

  6. Player_16
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    Well at least he's aware and not wearing blinkers...

    ... unlike some other (and former) governments that are in self denial and won't admit.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Oh great, computers are WMDs.

    Now we can be abducted and tortured for running snort.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Linux

    Move along now, nothing to see...

    No mention of the NSA, I notice, who just happened to create SELinux. Those are the guys and gals he should be consulting with....given that they're probably reading this email as I write. No, no, not the orange suit, it clashes with my hair!

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re : So what's the plan?

    Wow, sage. I'm surprised they haven't hired you already. Nothing like 'Just use Linux' comments to demonstrate your in-depth analysis and effectiveness of your proposal. Not to mention putting a penguin icon on there to show your balanced viewpoint.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    this sshould have been done over 10 years ago ...

    Anyone remember Mathew Bevan? he hacked into military computers over ten years ago on his Amiga 500, - afterwhich the US military secured funds to secure their own networks .....

    what happened to all that money?

    Not long after mathew bevan hacked in, Gary McKinnon hacked in and found he didnt need to do much as there were no passwords at all ......

  11. Wayland Sothcott Bronze badge
    Alien

    Can we fix it?

    Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!

    Hail Obama

    Yes we can!

    It's like Bob The Bilderberg

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