State Hacking Institutionalized

Don Wickelgren
September 8, 2023

Since the start of our company in 2011, we made the choice to ban specific country-of-origin systems because of the risk of state-supported malware. Today, we begin the additional effort of reviewing all existing vendors to determine those that sell services in China. These vendors will be required by law to report all known vulnerabilities within two days of discovery.

This is an important time frame to develop a fix, create a patch, then roll it out to all customers.  Because of the culture and state backing of economic and security theft, I believe a country-level network redesign will occur. This will isolate each country in a local Internet and create pathways that are closely monitored by government security for data with visas for cross-border transfers. It will also give governments border-controlled rights to implement legal and regulatory structure to fit their laws. One example is France's right to forget. Another is Germany's anti-Nazi laws.



Don Wicklegren is Xilium's founder. He is a technologist by profession who started his career pre-internet in remote medical technology and learning. He has worked in both small and large corporations with world-wide remote staff and became a part of the team who developed the first commercial internet. As an entrepreneur, he started his first technology company in 2001. In Xilium, he focuses on innovating solutions for the US healthcare system.