Alright, Now - this is Starting to get Really Weird

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 29, 2013 6:38 PM EDT Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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I’ve noted before that events in the real world involving North Korea have been closely tracking the plot of my book. But this morning’s news included a story that makes me seriously wonder whether my book has crossed the divide from predicting events to acting as a “how to” manual for real-world, state-supported cyber attackers.

The article in question is titled, Cyber attacks Seem Meant to Destroy, Not Just Disrupt, and begins as follows:

"American Express customers trying to gain access to their online accounts Thursday were met with blank screens or an ominous ancient type face The company confirmed that its Web site had come under attack."

Whoa! If you’ve read The Alexandria Project, then the italicized few words in that opening will have jumped out at you.

So now we have real-world, presumably state-supported (the Times later surmises) black-hats moving from disrupting access to sites to actively destroying data – and leaving cryptic messages in an ancient script to boot. So that’s pretty weird, right? [Excuse me for a minute; I think that may be the FBI at my front door.]

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