Cyber Attacks Strike Holland. Where Next?
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  • bobby b

    “It is not, repeat not good news that the attacks on the Dutch seem to be coming from Iran.”

    But it’s not surprising at all.

    The Iranian government’s hacker troops are very, very motivated right now. Stuxnet has made them all look very, very incompetent and impotent.

    YOU go try to explain to a screaming mullah why all of his very expensive centrifuges keep getting overclocked and burned out. YOU explain to him why the virus continues to do harm inside of a new, unconnected computer system that you certified as being clean. YOU explain that you’ve been working day and night for fourteen months on that one very basic and very devastating problem, and so far you’ve managed to . . . well, to . . . . okay, you’ve accomplished nothing. All you can tell the mullah is that he shouldn’t be looking to make any bombs quite yet. Soon, maybe . . .

    No, this is just a very good time for Iranian government computer experts to do everything else as expertly and as effectively as it can possibly be done.

  • Jim.

    Steps are in fact being taken to counteract this persistent threat.

    Making sure people know “Don’t be stupid on the web” and keeping them informed as to what this means is so far one of the strategies.

  • bobby b

    Jim: Is the real danger that “people” – like, you and I and Aunt Tilly – won’t take proper precautions with our little Dells and Macs when we’re googling car repairs and news and Justin Bieber?

    My assumption is that getting into infra-systems involves fooling a much more computer-educated cohort at a much more elemental level of machine control – that the skills for hacking me and the skills for hacking the switch that shuts down Omaha’s electrical power supply are very different. (Note that I’m differentiating between the power switch software, and the software that interacts with users paying their bills. Sure, the bill-paying system might be hackable at the same level of difficulty, and using the same essential tools, as hacking me at home, but the system control software is going to be a bit more robust.)

  • Kris

    bobby: “YOU go try to explain”

    [Shrug] It is the will of Allah.

    Jim:

    The gods themselves struggle in vain.

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