I would have to say my cup of tea is computer system security; I know that seems like a relatively unimportant place at the moment, but everything points an increasing and deadly role.

He want you for HIS army.

Already, modern
systems rely so heavily that allow on outside access with the power grid being the most widely quoted example by the media.  In actuality, the possibility of actual terrorism through the internet would be seen as substantially more instructive.  Therefore, my first cup of tea, the tea of the stranger, is to explain why this is important.  Can you imagine your entire country disconnected electronically from the world?

It happened to Estonia when Russian ultra-nationalist black hats flooded their network and cut off that country for the rest world because they were angry that the government were removing statues of Russian war heroes most Lithuanians found offensive.  Where were you for “Web war One”, do you remember? The MyDoom virus in 2002 caused the entire Internet to lag as 1 in 11 emails containing the virus flooded the world wide web and infected the computers of hundreds of millions.  Career criminals reap billions from counterfeiting, scams, and outright fraud; mercenaries of a new type of organized crime.

NATO defense minister Jaak Aaviksoo was actively involved in the cyberdefense of Estonia.

The second cup of tea is that of the honored guest, now that you have accepted me, I can now explain why your involvement matters. More than any other type of terrorism, your involvement is required to make the black hats powerful; your ignorance is their power. Much as the fake education of Madrassas of Waziristan inevitably produce members of the Taliban, one becomes a tool of a growing network of electronic terrorism.  Your very own computer will be used to deny other people access, to added force to guess passwords, collect people’s credit cards and property.  By denying your role in the problem one becomes a weapon of the enemy, much as ignorance in Pakistan becomes the weapon of the Taliban.  And yet, like the schools that Greg Mortenson put up, not a whole of resources are needed to win the war, just a bit of effort.  Nor does one need to lock themselves up in a denial of trust, fearing the betrayal of those around you as the Pashtuns did to Greg.

My third of cup tea to gives is the cup of family, you have become of us, and can finally understand what your role is.  Keep your system patched and your antivirus up to date, they are your friends that ally with you against the teeming hordes of malware that make up well over a third of the Internet.  Do not click on the spam links even though you are curious as a third of all people have admitted.  Avoid words as passwords though strange as that may seem, it will not hurt to write passwords down as many would believe; after all, the black hats are not in your living room, but in the Internet ether.  These three things by itself can keep the dark recesses of the Internet away from yourself – none of which are difficult – just a little effort is needed.  No need to be an expert in system security, Greg Mortenson was no expert in counterterrorism either.  The black hats form armies out of the ignorant much as the Taliban do the same; would you give the black hats the same potential as the Taliban?

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