Wise Guys on WHO Radio - December 20, 2014

Brian Gongol

The WHO Radio Wise Guys airs on WHO Radio in Des Moines, Iowa on 1040 AM or streaming online at WHORadio.com. The show airs from 1 to 2 pm Central Time on Saturday afternoons. A podcast of show highlights is also available. Leave comments and questions on the Wise Guys Facebook page or e-mail them to wiseguys@whoradio.com.

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Cybercrime and the North Korean attack on Sony

Threats and Hazards FBI puts blame for Sony hacking directly on North Korea
President Obama's response: "We will respond proportionately and in a space, time and manner that we choose."

Does it matter that the damage done is economic and not physical? It's still an attack on American property interests. This is the 21st Century version of warfare -- and even if we choose not to respond in a conventionally militaristic fashion (that is, with guns and bombs), we shouldn't be naive. This is one method of conducting warfare today.

In the news this week

Computers and the Internet Watch out for vulnerabilities in cheap holiday tablets

Threats and Hazards Russia's economic (and therefore political) situation is "extremely grave"
Says the former head of the European Central Bank

Computers and the Internet How will Russians preserve savings as the ruble plummets?
Some may turn to crypto-currency

Computers and the Internet China takes a terribly short-sighted move towards purging foreign-made technology

Listener questions (answered on the air -- listen to the podcast)

Listen again (in case you missed it)