The investigation into the extent of Russian cyber-infiltration into the USA has taken an alarming new twist. America is now awakening to the fact that Russia has surreptitiously fitted the entire country with a global surveillance and firewall system, a sort of parental control for the nation, with the Kremlin being the watchful parent. The Tribune has learned of this through a leaked CIA dossier on Dr. Boingodan Hotspotanov, a previously little-known Soviet computer operative. This Dossier describes how, in the 1990s, Russian intelligence agencies realized that the key to dominating US cyberspace would be the control of internet access. At that time Dr. Hotspotanov was a young Russian cyber-scientist with an interest in developing wireless networks to distribute disinformation in the Baltics. Seeing the potential of his work, the FSB invested millions of roubles to transform his creation into the perfect weapon: a highly-controlled wifi network to be installed throughout the USA. The weapon–known as the “Boingo Hotspot” after its inventor–was developed and deployed with ruthless Russian efficiency and is now ubiquitous across North America and most of the western world. It is most brutally effective in airports where it prevents millions of business people daily from doing any meaningful work, shutting down their connectivity and forcing them to watch advertising containing subliminal propaganda in order to achieve a few minutes of painfully slow internet access.
That this degree of penetration of the nation’s networks occurred under the nose of the authorities has sent a shockwave both through Washington and the nation’s political capital. The recent visit of Chinese Premier Xi Jingping to the capital lead to a number of deals, including a plan to re-wire wifi in the US. A source close to the President told us:
“The Chinese have a stellar reputation for technology and internet security. Using their providers to displace Russian domination of this space is the option that makes the most sense to the President”
Maybe the Trump Administration’s much-touted deal-making prowess will, after all, pave the way for a safer, securer, United States.