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Science in Seconds - Hackers

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Science in Seconds Know Everything RANTS - Hackers Brit Trogen: Hackers attack your computer once every 40 seconds. It's spooky. But as long as your password isn't one of the top five most hackable: test, guest, info, 1234, or ...password... you've taken at least one step towards protecting yourself against annoying messages and erased hard drives. But the hacker problem of the future will go far beyond forcing you to watch videos of Chuck Norris, to threaten the well-being of the world on a much grander scale: cyber-terrorism. We're only now beginning to acknowledge just how big a role it will play as more and more of our central systems go online, and we begin to hear whispers of the existence of cyber-armies biding their time in China and Iran. Of course, saying cyber-army sounds a lot cooler than what it really is, right? A whole lot of guys living in their moms' basements? No, they actually are highly organized military-backed organizations, and they're not wasting their time posting pictures of Bush with a Hitler mustache. They're targeting the big stuff. The US Defense Department Networks, for example, are home to everything you would need to change the course of a flesh-and-blood war. Drone video feeds, intelligence reports, bomb target requests: infiltration of these networks would open the door to altering orders, entering false commands, and ultimately, turning the entire organization against itself. And it goes beyond warfare. One Pentagon official testified that a mass cyber-attack could leave 70 percent of the US without electrical power for six months, essentially destroying the nation in one fell swoop. Cyber-weapons of mass destruction. And hey, if they can hack Twitter, are any of us really safe? Let's just hope the system holds. Courtesy of Science in Seconds – All rights reserved Only for educational/non-profit purposes. (Translators are invited to put their name here)

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Duration: 2 minutes and 19 seconds
Year: 2010
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Science in Seconds
Director: Science in Seconds
Views: 61
Posted by: tradottiinitaliano on Sep 10, 2011

The risks of getting hacked, from spam to warfare.

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