Re: 8 Wacky CyberAttacks Worse Than Sony Hacks
Props for a well-done running gag - there's an art to using it just sparingly enough so it still makes me laugh on the third time (which it did) without overstaying it's welcome. I also have to give you credit for executing a smooth gradient from the plausible-but-hilarious (messing with our music libraries) to the completely insane but legitimately horrifying (Adam Sandler). The line between what's actually possible and what pundits on TV are making up is becoming blurred, and I appreciate your lampooning of it, Ellis. That said. there's a well-known adage in comedy that something is 'funny because it's true', and there's certainly a kernel of legitimate insight in here as to how cyber attacks might affect us in the not-so-distant future.
Most everything comes in the form of DDoS attacks and credit card information theft these days. It's telling enough that that was enough to cause Sony to pull a multimillion dollar movie project (that is, it's telling that that business decision was made even though this is a not-so-outlandish IT problem faced by many other big companies this year), but how long will those really remain the only methods of attack for? What about more targetted attacks? Thoughts of messing with someone coffee purchase gets one thinking about messing with self-driving cars and causing accidents. There's a risk of being melodramatic, but this is very real problem for our future - not that that means we can't laugh at it.