Why is live-streaming of violent events permitted? Is Cyber terrorism only going to increase? Are nations already able to hack great powers back into the stone age by destroying their power, security and communications grids?
This week, a French terrorist live-streamed on Facebook 12 minutes of his attack and standing over his victims in Paris. One victim a Parisian senior police official, the other the partner of the police officer. Also featured on the terrorist’s live-streaming was the couple’s 3-year-old son and the terrorist asked on Facebook’s new app “what do I do with this” (the child)? Eventually he did not kill the 3-year-old.
Last month a 15-year-old girl live-streamed her own suicide and no one could intercede to help her.
Nothing is done to stop the streaming of these acts and nothing is done to stop ISIS from displaying its violence on social media. Why not?
Are cyber companies standing in the way and more interested in $$$ than in decency and halting abusive and brutal live-streaming? Are politicians too weak-knee’d, or is there simply nothing that can be done to interfere with today’s advancing technology?
Morgan Wright is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity, cyber terrorism, identity theft and privacy. He worked on development of new technology for the U.S. intelligence community, strategies to combat narco trafficking and has taught behavioural analysis at the most secret U.S. National Security Agency.