Imagine walking into a busy mall when someone approaches you with an open hand. "Would you have some coins to take the bus, please?" he asks. But in this case, the person is not a panhandler. The beggar is a PhD.
Building a reputation online is difficult enough; re-building one is another story entirely. It's still too early to tell how this attack will impact the site's bottom line, but there are things to learn from the incident. How can sites help ensure they're hack-proof?
If a disruption of service for less than eight hours will make this big of a splash on the internet, as is the intent of recent cybersecurity legislation, imagine what a complete shutdown of the internet will do.
I have decided after hearing certain things too much that it might make sense to retire them. In full disclosure, I did many of the things listed early in my career so this is less judgmental and more aspirational.
How vulnerable are we? How serious are the threats we face? How dangerous? Will we ultimately experience irreparable calamity? Are there obvious lessons or conclusions? What must we do to minimize the chances of something going horribly wrong?
According to a diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks yesterday, a senior member of the Chinese Politburo ordered the Google attack after he typed his own name into the search engine and found articles attacking him.