Andrew Bustamante, reported by a former CIA intelligence officer, said that blockchain is "super-powerful stuff" that poses a threat to American national security. Bustamante, who specialized in publishing life hacks based on his knowledge of espionage, made his elliptical observations in a subreddit thread on December 22nd.
Reportedly, Bustamante is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a Fortune 10 business advisor. He developed blockchain in response to a question in a subreddit thread, on the Reddit news aggregation site, dedicated to "Everyday Spionage. "di Bustamante – which defines an" integrated education and training platform that teaches international espionage tactics for the benefit of everyday life ".
One Redditor had asked Bustamante what he thought was "the greatest threat to America [sic] national security in the coming years? "giving many possible answers like" Russia "," climate change "," Iran "or" North Korea? "to which Bustamante replied:
"Block-chain technology [sic.] No joke. Super powerful stuff, and the first to understand how to hack it, manipulate it or bring it down by winning. "
While the former CIA official did not elaborate further on his observations, he acknowledged the other response from Redditor, who asked him for clarification regarding the blockchain with respect to developments in quantum computing – to which Bustamante he replied with "fair point !!!"
The exclamation of Bustamante generated a discussion about the possibility that quantum computing "forever altered" the cryptographic protection that supports the blockchain, thus specifically attributing to Bustamante the "take it down" on a topic along this line.
Others meanwhile have attempted to extrapolate different meanings based on the scant information provided in Bustamante's comment.
A redditor suggested that his observations could refer to the "persistent possibility of untraceable anonymous transactions [that] it can happen "on blockchain as a type of national security threat presumably represented by technology.Another emphasized the potential of" falsified "data – ie diverting the blockchain for disinformation purposes – which would presumably become all the more pernicious if stored in an immutable system based on blockchain.
In particular, the last time that blockchain, alleged geopolitical machinations and the intelligence community made common news was when the US Department of Justice (DOJ) commissioned seven officials of the main Intelligence Directorate (GRU). ) of Russia with global hacking and disinformation operations encrypted in October.
In July, the Justice Department had also accused twelve individuals of two units of the GRU with the use of crypts – alleged miners or obtained by "other means" – to nurture efforts to hack computer networks associated with the Democratic Party, the presidential campaign by Hillary Clinton and state commissions and technology companies linked to US elections.