Donald Trump at his hotly-anticipated presidential debate with Hillary Clinton not only mentions “the cyber” again, but he also manages to characterise hackers as overweight and stuck in their bedrooms:
As far as the cyber, I agree to parts of what Secretary Clinton said. We should be better than anybody else, and perhaps we’re not. I don’t think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. She’s saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don’t — maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?
Wow. Quite a generalisation there.
Hey look, I’m overweight. I don’t weigh 400 pounds (maybe this is an indication that I am punching beneath my weight on the hacking skills front), but I could definitely do with turning the treadmill up a notch.
But I don’t think it’s a good idea for Donald Trump to start making gross generalisations about hackers. After all, Trump’s own chain of hotels have had their fair share of breaches where guests’ payment card information has been stolen.
Hackers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are tall, some are short, some are overweight, some are underweight, some like pizza, some like cola, some like My Little Pony, some are black, some are white, some may even be Mexican (are you going to build a great firewall, Donald, to keep them out?).
Some are gay, some are straight, some may choose to consider themselves LGBTQ. Some may just ask you to mind your own sodding business about what they’re getting up to in their bedroom.
Do you really want to goad hackers Donald?