Written by people with either no time or no money, most software gets shipped the moment it works well enough to let someone go home and see their family. Software is so bad because it’s so complex, and because it’s trying to talk to other programs on the same computer, or over connections to other computers.
The NSA wasn’t, and isn’t, the great predator of the internet, it’s just the biggest scavenger around.
It isn’t doing so well because they are all powerful math wizards of doom.
It was my exasperated acknowledgement that looking for good software to count on has been a losing battle.
Next morning on the way to work he checked on it, and discovered he was now lord and master of about 50,000 computers.
After nearly vomiting in fear he killed the whole thing and deleted all the files associated with it. Spend much time in the hacker and security scene, you’ll hear stories like this and worse.
In the end he said he threw the hard drive into a bonfire. It’s hard to explain to regular people how much technology barely works, how much the infrastructure of our lives is held together by the IT equivalent of baling wire. For a bunch of us, especially those who had followed security and the warrantless wiretapping cases, the revelations weren’t big surprises.I can’t tell you who he is because he doesn’t want to go to Federal prison, which is what could have happened if he’d told anyone that could do anything about the bug he’d found. We didn’t know the specifics, but people who keep an eye on software knew computer technology was sick and broken.Once upon a time, a friend of mine accidentally took over thousands of computers.He had found a vulnerability in a piece of software and started playing with it.In the process, he figured out how to get total administration access over a network.He put it in a script, and ran it to see what would happen, then went to bed for about four hours.