Check Out My New Single “New Journey”

I just released a new single with title as “New Journey.”  You can download it at CDBaby now.  As always, it’s $0.99 a download.  Hopefully, within upcoming days and weeks, “New Journey” will be available on music services such as Spotify, and by then you can listen to “New Journey” on these music services.  Please spread the words about my new “New Journey” single if you like it, OK?  I appreciate it!  By the way, now you can listen to “New Journey” on my music blog at VinhCanDoMusic.com for free for limited time.  Just check out the MP3 Playlist on the right column, near the very top of my music blog, and you will be able to listen to this new single.  Enjoy!!!

New Journey Music Cover Art

How Real Is Cyber Threat?

Technology is like anything else that can be used for good or for evil purposes.  Many things have dual purposes or even more than just dual purposes, and technology is no exception to this fact.  Perhaps, there is an exception to the rule, but my small brain cannot think up one for the moment.  Anyhow, there are forces in the world that are trying to use technology for evil purposes.  For an example, from nuclear to cyber threats.  Nuclear threat has existed for many decades already, and by now most people know what MAD means.  In this blog post I’m not going to bother with voicing my opinion on nuclear threat.  Instead, I’m going to focus on voicing my opinion on cyber threat.

Lately, we have seen big powers like USA and China accuse each other of cyber warfare.  It’s obvious that it’s hard to know who is doing what in term of hacking one another in the cyberspace.  Nonetheless, I think I know why cyber threat is a growing concern.

On the surface, before we unravel all the layers of onion, we truly cannot see why there are fusses about cyber security.  For some people, they think that cyber threat can be dealt with best cyber security practices and no more than that.  Of course, it’s true that cyber security measures such as installing well known antivirus software and firewall are definitely going to help counter most cyber vulnerabilities.  Nonetheless, there are other cyber vulnerabilities out there that won’t be eliminated by even the most powerful firewall and antivirus programs.  Why?  I think there are some well kept or new cyber vulnerabilities that have not been dealt with, because these cyber vulnerabilities are well kept secrets or too new.  By using these cyber vulnerabilities and better hacking tools, hackers are able to wreck havocs on the cyber networks of the world.

When we peel more layers of the onion off, we can see that cyber security is very important.  How come?  In my opinion, it’s about a digital future where money mainly get create in digital form.  This is the future trend that our present (the world) is heading for.  Of course, if we just rely on cyber networks for communication and not for banking and monetization, then cyber security can only be boiled down to privacy and few other things but not of money matters.  Nonetheless, cyber networks as in the Internet can be used for electronic commerce, banking, and the whole nine yards.  This means cyber security is needing to be taken seriously, otherwise hackers can just waltz in and erase, steal, change, and do whatever else to the digital money that belong to various money matter institutions such as banking, electronic commerce giants, and whatnot.

I can imagine a scenario that a group of powerful hackers that is sponsored by a powerful organization hacks a cyber system of a country to a point that they erase all of the digital money from this country, leaving this country as a bankrupted nation.  Nonetheless, this country can totally create new digital money out of thin air if she wants to, but will this be ethically, legally, and sensibly?  Can such an incident be covered up easily?  After all, we’re living in a globalized world, and transactions are having been done globally all the time; something like this if to rain upon a country will not be easily covered up.

This is why I think cyber security issues are so important nowadays.  Without proper measures to protect cyber networks, the vulnerable Internet can gradually weaken the trust of digital money transactions, leaving countries and everyday people seek out the traditional means of doing transactions.  Perhaps, this is why we’re seeing the prevalence of traditional transactions today.  Cash is one good example of traditional transactions.

When I’m hearing how one country is having difficulty in protecting a state secret from being leaked out through the cyber networks, I think it’s absurd that such a country is connecting her secret networks to the Internet in the first place.  I think each country should keep her state secrets on an Intranet that won’t be connected to the regular Internet.  Furthermore, such a country needs to provide physical protections to her Intranet, because when hacking cannot be done remotely someone ought to waltz into such a network physically so the hacking can be done eventually.  For an example, stealing state secrets with the usage of a thumb drive (USB devices or similar devices).

In summary, I think the fusses about cyber security threat are real.  This is why we are hearing countries complain about being victims to hack attacks and whatnot.  Corporations are also experiencing cyber security issues, because corporate espionage can be done through cyber networks with ease.  Whenever an entity is connecting to the Internet and it doesn’t matter what type of entity that is, cyber security issues become real just like any other important issue that matters.  Of course, if there is a day that we do not rely on the Internet anymore and money transactions do not take place in the Internet, then cyber threat will not be a threat of anything but only a historical fact.

Personal Note:  The advance of encryption is also important, because encryption can be incorporated into various network tools to secure the Internet transactions.  With strong encryption, it’s harder for hackers to decrypt the Internet transactions into plain text, thus preventing important information from being leaked.

19 Year Old Girl Can’t Get A Job For Not Being Able To Prove Her American Citizenship

I’ve found an interesting YouTube video.  In this video, Alecia Faith Pennington claims that she cannot prove her American citizenship and has no social security number as she was born at home and home school all her life.  Furthermore, she did not have any hospital record, and her parents are unwilling to help her proving her identity for whatever reasons I do not know.  Perhaps for religious reasons?  I don’t know this 19 year old girl at all, because she is a stranger to me.  Nonetheless, her case is either a hoax or real, and if it’s real then she is indeed in big big trouble.  Without proper identification such as social security number, she cannot really get a job or moving forward in American society since she is actually living in United States of America.  Whatever the case, I think it’s a very interesting YouTube video, and so I’m sharing it with everyone.  If she is making this YouTube video for a prank of sort, then you and I are wasting our time and concern for her and her video.  Nonetheless, if she is really experiencing this bizarre situation, then I think if anyone has the ability to get this girl out of trouble should look into her case if pro bono feeling is strong.

Evolve Gameplay (Lazarus Skirmish – PvP Episode 2)

In this episode, I’m playing as Lazarus (a medic role) with a unique way of keeping the team alive while hunting down monsters.  In this episode, I’m playing in skirmish battles for PvP matches.  Enjoy!!!

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