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Hacking is Old News

Updated on January 9, 2017
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Antoine is at the Table

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Monday, January 9, 2017. Our French friend, Ant Antoine, is at the breakfast table this morning. Antoine is puzzled about all this sudden shock about the subject of hacking. Taking it one step further, he is disgusted with the notion that there is anything new about hacking, because our nation and its people have been victimized by Russia and other countries over and over again. Please join Antoine and me this morning for breakfast and a realistic discussion about hackers and hacking. Antoine is preparing Egg Mc muffins. He hacked into McDonalds computers and discovered the recipe. I'll be serving French lattes with a little nip of Jameson. See you soon.

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Russian Hacking

Thanks so much for joining Pop and me this morning. First let's dispose of the Russian hacking story. The Obama administration says they knew about the hacking 15 or so months before they addressed it. Wow, that's a very presidential reaction to a potentially serious intrusion! Now, on the eve if Obama's long awaited departure from the White House, the issue blooms like a sunflower and the Dems are aghast at the real possibility (in their minds only}, that Putin maneuvered a Trump win. What utter nonsense, but nonsense is what this administration deals in. The release of emails which were real and written by members of the Democratic party is a whole world away from slipping into our voting machines and changing votes! Some fools on the left are offering up this impossible occurrence as a likelihood. If the Russians hacked, it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to what has been going on in cyberspace in the last ten years. The computer age has left all of us vulnerable to having our personal information stolen by third parties who either mean to harm us or are determined to prove that it can be done.

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This Bomb is Ticking

The subject of hacking should be old news to us now. The Chinese have been playing with us for a long time, along with lots of other players. Let's see, they hacked the State Department, The Untied States Postal Service, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Adobe, E-bay, Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan, Sony, the IRS, the Pentagon, the Office of Personnel Management, the CIA, Yahoo and on and on we go, and where we stop nobody knows.The real problem is our failure as a nation to recognize the massive scope of hacking and to address it in a meaningful way. This nation has done precious little to safeguard our sensitive information. Cyber warfare is the new frontier and we are woefully behind. Quite frankly, we are easy pickings for the Russians, the Chinese, the genius kid in his bedroom on Main Street or the brilliant cyber geek sitting in the basement of the Kremlin. We have been asleep at the wheel, and it is time to wake up, roll up our sleeves and get to work. The bomb is about to go off.

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A Bright Idea

It doesn't take a genius to realize that time is not on our side. A great deal of damage has already been done by hackers, and the Russian so-called hack on the "election" is the least of it. The next administration has to get to work protecting our nation. Our power grid is completely vulnerable. Those we have elected over the years knew very well that we were at risk, but their realization never turned into action. An attack on our power grid can happen, and when it does chaos will rule the day. There is nothing dramatic about me saying that life as we know it would come to an end. Every system we have would go down. That translates to a scarcity of food, money, health care, refrigeration, gasoline, and just about every single semblance of civilization. Few people would survive the carnage. The hacking of our companies and government agencies is devastating, but it truly is the tip of the iceberg. Somebody in this new government had better get Congress to see the light before the lights go out once and for all.

Antoine's Song

Let's go children of the homeland

The day of reckoning has arrived

Against you tyranny has raised its ugly flag.....

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The Cyberworld....the new battlefield. How will it play out? Let's hope the good guys, eh?

      Happy Monday my friend!

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      Tom Whitworth 5 months ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop and Antoine,

      I don't know what happened in the case of the DNC but John Podesta was not hacked. His password was password (what a clever guy), then Mr. Intellect responded to a "cleverly" worded email with his information. Lucky thing it didn't ask for his bank account number and other financial information.

      How dare the Russians, Wikileaks or WHOEVER publish the TRUTH about the Democrats and Hillary Clinton. The Truth set the American people FREE to reject these scofflaws resoundingly. God knows the lamestream media wouldn't publish the truth about her.

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      Old Poolman 5 months ago

      Well, the real truth is that the Russians didn't do anything we haven't tried to do, or done.

      Those hacked emails should have turned on a light bulb for those Hillary worshipers when all that dirt was uncovered. Surprisingly, even seeing the information in those emails had the opposite effect. They rallied around their champion and ignored the facts that showed the "real" Hillary Clinton. I guess this is human nature and party loyalty at its finest.

      So rather than digesting the information and facing the truth, the plan was to attack the messenger who delivered the bad news. There really is still no proof that it was the Russians, but they are a great target because everyone knows who they are.

      When dealing with humans it is nearly impossible to know how they will react to bad news.

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      Jennifer 5 months ago

      Let's hope we wake up before it's too late. They will be blaming Trump anyway. Hillary supporters would never think that Obama left us vulnerable

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      Old Poolman 5 months ago

      Bottom line is they have to blame Hillary losing the election on something other than their poor choice of a candidate and all the corruption that was uncovered in the emails.

      They just can't admit they made some serious mistakes, lick their wounds, and start reorganizing for the next election.

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Dear billy,

      The good guys have to win or we all lose. See you at the inn.

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Dear Tom,

      If you don't want your emails hacked, write stuff that doesn't speak ill of you. This issue is insane. We need to protect ourselves. Certainly we have geniuses in this nation who can help protect us. I don't feel sorry for the DMA. In fact, they make me sick. See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Dear Mike,

      The issue is ridiculous. If the Russians hacked us, we hacked them. If the Russians tried to influence the elections, we did the same to Israel. Trump won the election, plain and simple. As far as cyber security is concerned, we need to do something quickly, before the "s" hits the fan. See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Dear Jennifer,

      The losers are still crying. They are making complete fools of themselves, which is totally warranted. When Trump turns thing round, and I believe he will, I hope they turn down the benefits. See you at the Inn.

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      Pino Krisio 5 months ago

      Pop and Antoine:

      Everyone has been hacking us, and from what I can see, we are easy pickin's. What is shocking to me is that no one has been working to make our records safer. Especially Obama. He knew about this 15 months ago and did nothing! Why? Because Hillary was going to win, so it was a non-issue.....until it became one. Now it is the Russians and Putin. Actually, Putin should have wanted Clinton in office, because she would

      be all talk and no action - just like we have now. Just a lot more of red lines to cross. Trump will discuss this with Putin; when he is ready. No one did anything to change our election. Our conservative voters came out and voted; which was the one thing they did not figure into the equation.

      The most horrifying thought about the power grid going down is that I would not be able to communicate with you, Breakfastpop! I am off to the Inn to eat my favorite breakfast: Egg McMuffins. Cannot wait to see you.......

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Good Morning Pino,

      This almost old administration didn't care about hacking until the 11th hour. They were too busy handing out money to find out how fish do on a treadmill. Oh, if only I were kidding. The power grid should be the biggest concern of all. If something happens to it, it is sayonara for us. See you at the Inn. Plenty of McMuffins on hand!

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      Paula 5 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Pop.....Stopping by to see you & the Bug gang, enjoy a free breakfast & chat with some patrons. You know how I feel about all this "other" crap! Taking a much-needed break from fretting. Need to rest up for the festivities on the 20th.....& prepare for the 4 yrs. to follow.

      See you at the Ball. Word is Bill & Hill are attending, LMAO!!! What a crazy bunch of coconuts!!

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Dear fp,

      I need the kind of rest you are enjoying. The next four years should be interesting. On the other hand, the loonies have way too much invested in screwing it all up. I long to see the left wackos refuse the tax breaks Trump introduces! See you at the Inn.

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