We used to say that a computer only did what you told it to do, and exactly what you told it to do. While that's still true, to an extent, we're now building systems that are massively distributed, that run on hardware that we don't control and, in many cases, we can't even locate. Our older model of computing -- you tell the computer what to do, and if there's a bug, it's your fault -- now strikes us as naive, and possibly the last gasp of futuristic optimism.
Seeking convenience, speed, and efficiency, we rush to off-load work to computers without reflecting on what we might be sacrificing as a result.
During remarks at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University in New York City, Director James Comey reiterated that North Korea was responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Comey cited the recent intrusion against Sony as proof of the seriousness of the cyber threat facing the U.S. and said the FBI and the intelligence community have a "very high confidence" that North Korea was responsible for the hack. He added that the Bureau and its partners were using a range of sensitive tools and techniques to arrive at that conclusion.
In the inscrutable case, the overall truth about a state of affairs is not known by anyone.
I find that in all things cyber there's a lot of nodding and I worry there's not a lot of understanding behind the nodding at times.
I think the myths are coming back, because they exist in that field of human experience, where the real and the unreal simply exist together, and in a way you can only explain the real through what is supposed to be unreal.
We're in this surrealistic world, in which ... we're seeing a public effort at disinformation spreading throughout the country, through all the media outlets ...