China Crisis (Part 2) – Understanding And Kindness

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As many are now aware, the Chinese Leadership and its underpinning agents have not taken kindly to some of those who have been outspoken against their antics, such as human rights abuse, continued cyber warfare attacks, and not no mention the current situation the world is facing with the human and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, resulting, potentially in the viral kill-chain of COVID-19. Yes, many have been understandably outspoken, but here we have seen another underhand tactic attacks against some who have dared comment – with the deployment of disinformation and other such verbal and technological attacks. Here, I myself have had the misfortune to fall into the cross-hair of aggression with direct and abusive communications via LinkedIn, one comment of which said ‘the arrogance of the west deserves the pandemic to teach them a lesson’. I have also encountered some funny happens on my cell phone, with the mail application starting to show signs of slowing and other such adverse indicators, manifesting in three mail boxes being wiped – maybe this is just a coincidence! There are also many other reports in the press of high-impact misinformation campaigns being mounted against some public figures who have also seen fit to comment on subjects, ranging from the potential of germ warfare through to using backdoored technologies to support 5G!

All said, granted, what we are now seeing in 2020 is social, economic, and employment opportunities being diminished in the west, and the US. However, what really worries me here is, granted, most of us feel the manifestations of germ, and cyber issues have come out of China, but I am also concerned for the implications that are being imposed on the suppressed people of the region – let us not forget that the implications are very real for them also – their educational opportunities have been badly damaged, and some great futures may have been quashed by the current educational and business stands-off we have with the Chinese leaders attitude to the rest of the world. 

Here we must assure that we do not allow this to drive a level of racism against the ordinary, innocent Chinese public – please let us remind ourselves that it is not the fault of the entire Chinese population, and thus we must avoid blaming everyone who may appear to come from that region of guilty parties – let this not be yet another reason to feed those who have racist tendencies. We are one world, and need to see people beyond their political leadership transgressions, colour, or religion. Lets try to be kind at this very sad time we find the world in where we can!

Professor John Walker
john_walkerVisiting Professor at the School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Visiting Professor/Lecturer at the University of Slavonia [to 2015], Independent Consultant, Practicing Expert Witness, ENISA CEI Listed Expert, Editorial Member of the Cyber Security Research Institute (CRSI), Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS), Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), Board Advisor to the Digital Trust, Writer for SC Magazine UK, Originator of DarkWeb Threat Intelligence, CSIRT, Attack Remediation and Cyber Training Service/Platform, Accreditation Assessor and Academic Practitioner and Accredited Advisor to the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences in the area of Digital/Cyber Forensics.
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