Maybe the FBI should commission a good
music video song about the latest malware threat, #ransomware
and publish it on their home page and YouTube as a PSA.
There are already several darned good songwriting, singing, acting/performers that I have seen on YouTube who have already tackled social issues in a very light-hearted but unforgettable, convincing, effective way that brought about positive change of behavior/policy/understanding in the real world.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Breaks_Guitarshttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/08/sluts-respond-to-rush-limbaugh_n_1332547.html
Folk-music is a tradition in our country and it has helped solve a ton of social & systemic ills
Folk-music got the turn-around going. It saved people from dying. It saved the nation from some seriously wasteful spending on harmful endeavors that went on too long.
Why shouldn't it be leveraged to solve some prevalent computing ills as well? Wouldn't the 21st century be a good time to start solving computer problems that are big, very real, and we are not close to having a handle on?
Why should the Web only be used to spread malware and questionable ads and not fight that same malware in proven, successful, social media ways that have very controllable risk and an upside that would just astonishingly devastate crooks with minimizable collateral damage to everyone else.
Granted, almost anything done can be done poorly — as the status quo demonstrates.
However, I think this could be done well and in a way that pleases everybody. Well, everybody except for certain anonymous, mendacious parties who shall apparently remain nameless by their own accord.
The ditty should be:
- clearly enunciated so as to be understandable
- accompanied by music which does not drown out the words but rather enhances them and the key things of the message
- increases awareness of the problem
- identifies a viable action to take which connects to a well supported non-commercial nationwide movement that is not a trade group or a commercial interest
- elucidates how the criminal operation works so as to make the general population as familiar with it as they are about things like: protection rackets, false advertising, money laundering, wire fraud, etc.
- encourages people to share with their neighbors and friends directly their experiences/concerns so they can think of things together that they might do to help themselves and each other in the face of these attacks
- doesn't denigrate victims but rather makes the attack seem foolish and paints the attackers in a suitably poor light without going way overboard
- has memorable lyrics and music that sticks in people's heads and can be easily sung by people in the criminal's targeted demographic age range (old enough to go to the store and buy at least one kind of prepaid cash card with cash obtained from somewhere in the house and read the crook's text)
You think this thing is going to die down on its own?
It has all the earmarks of a growing, self-fueling problem: self-funding can fuel expansion, uses payment methods that are well entrenched but hard to police before the fact or remediate after the fact, reluctance on the part of commercial entities to acknowledge/advertise the problem without minimizing it, and involves one or more subindustries with a poor track record of characterizing the present or describing the future accurately.
If this thing is going to play out for a long time and cost a lot of money then I think people more solution-seeking than those responsible for the problem should control a reasonable jot of music & message to accompany the problem.
Let me offer an explanation, then make an analogy of why this is an appropriate technique — and TV commercials, print ads in The Wall Street Journal, UN/ITU campaigns, and a corporate-driven computer company solution are not the answer.
That's not where the problem is being suffered! Here is the analogy. When rats started hitchhiking to the new world on ships which along with their harbors/ports offered rats both a terrific environment to feed & breed in — as well as transit to The New World — those on ships were smart enough to put cats on the ships too.http://www.usni.org/news-and-features/cats-and-the-sea-services
Today, we have rats in our cities in The New World, the Old World, and the Third World. But we also have cats too. Rats exist but not unopposed and unlimited. We don't just rely on government programs or corporate spending to eliminate them.
We, as a society of people & industries, rely on sensible friends who lick their lips at the sight of rats. We changed our environment
by cultivating, amassing, and concentrating our grains and such in big warehouses, our homes, and our shipping ports.
We instigated the enormously high population or rats. House cats and humans co-befriended each other, and became more accommodating to one another to the detriment of rapidly exploding rat populations. Cats succeeded because the people in places where the problem existed put them in play, and took care of them between mice menu meals. It was a beautiful solution.
Catching the crooks will not be a solution by itself. There will always be more to replace them. They will breed successors like rats do, though in a different fashion which is even more facile and farther-reaching.
So aside from catching them
in the act, we need to name
that act and tell
its story before
this crime gets the chance to introduce itself to someone and con/pressure them into doing something that is not in their — or societies' — interest. It is our
venue; not the criminals'.
In the long and short run, we need to stop the crime
. _That_ stops the criminals. Imagine fighting rats if most people didn't know they existed, rarely or never saw them, reacted to them superstitiously; thinking of them as demigods, demons, or well-deserved divine retribution. You can't go tactical on them if you think of them in such a way that is so disparate from reality.
They're pests with finite capabilities, low-latency capability to replicate/hide, some social communication capability to at least share alarm and possibly food/resource location info while making partially inaudible mating calls. Sound familiar? Yes, very familiar!
Quick answers, sharp snubs, and "just take this pill/product and forget about it" are not what we need.
We need something that will sink in and give people the idea over time of how to respond — even invent better ways to respond; not how to pass the buck or "address" the problem in a reactionary way that is ineffective.
To do that, we need to first get the people on the Internet to face the stage and hear what is going on. I can think of a lot of situations where musicians improvised on stage to diffuse a situation. I think folk artists do this in a broader sense for a lot more people than just the folks in that one building that single time. Mull that over some.
The problem is here, on the Web. The problem is World Wide. We should solve it in America, erstwhile "The New World" before the Internet. Every country should solve the problem in their community as well. This is a way people here and across the world have solved big problems that did not solve themselves for hundreds of years.
Cats like the one below can help shore up weaknesses in our system, lending us capabilities that frankly the rats have inborn in them but seem less inborn in most of the rest of us because we have different qualities mostly.
They create memes that are quick, effective, and green solutions. No poisons, arms race, or other deleterious knock-on effects required. History, recent and ancient, says that is good.