Report: Russia planned cyberattack on Tokyo Olympics

If the latest media reports are to be believed, the Russian government planned a major cyberattack against the Tokyo Olympics, which were to take place last summer before being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The question of Russia and cyber attacks is no longer if the country engages in such activities but how often it can be blamed.

The narrative is now quite familiar: A U.S. government agency (often supported by another Western ally) accuses Russia of a cyberattack. Names of the accused, who almost always are men, often are provided. Russia quickly denies the accusation. This kabuki theater play ends with all parties knowing that no matter what did — or didn’t happen — the accused will never be arrested because they live in Russia.

Monday’s announcement came on the same day the U.S. indicted six Russians amid accusations they tried to disrupt the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. It coincided with Russia making its own claim of being hacked.

Keep in mind that the U.S. is not innocent; it, too, carries out cyberattacks against its enemies. Iran often is the target, but China also has been in the U.S. cyber crosshairs.

Cyberattacks happen every single day. That statement is not meant to defend or criticize the action; the reality is they happen. But we’d be naive to suggest that liking the attack is determined solely by whether friend or foe is responsible for it.

18 majors cut at one university in Ohio

The Columbus Dispatch reports 18 majors — including journalism — are being eliminated at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Effective Dec. 19, the university will no longer accept new students to these majors that are to be phased out and eliminated: comparative literature, computational neuroscience, dance, earth science education, earth sciences, geology, German, health promotion, journalism, Middle Eastern studies, planetary science, pre-optometry, pre-public administration, pre-theology, religion, urban studies, and certain chemistry and biochemistry majors that were certified by the American Chemical Society.

Here comes round two

I have little faith enough Americans will do what it takes to fight off round two of coronavirus.

With news that all but two states saw an uptick in coronavirus cases last week and knowing that flu season is approaching, Americans ought to be hyper vigilant about where they go and what they do.

Instead, we see crowds at sporting events and political rallies, as Americans try to soak up a few final days of temperate fall weather.

Such a mistake, especially when participating in those activities includes not wearing a mask and ignoring safe social distancing.

Yes, we’re tired of restrictions, and, yes, we want our lives to feel normal. But alea iacta est, and it was in the spring when President Trump refused to listen to science as he screamed about the “Chinese virus.” We’ll never know how many coronavirus-related deaths and illnesses might have been prevented in the U.S. had he cared more about a crisis and less about rhetoric.

One need to look only to the United Kingdom — another country where poor leadership fueled the initial coronavirus outbreak — to see renewed warning signs. In Manchester, hospitals are running out of beds because people are again being hospitalized at high numbers because of the vicious virus.

That story soon will be told in the U.S.

A vaccine, whenever it is available, remains our best chance to slow down coronavirus. Nevertheless, common sense and practical decision making will be critical as the weather turns colder and we shift to more indoor activity. Will we surrender some of our individuality for the greater good?

I think you and I know the answer to that question.