Friday, February 1, 2008

My dear fellow, that was agreed, wasn't it?

I was flabbergasted by this Associated Press story in the paper today, headlined "Cyberdrill threw multiple disasters at U.S." The opening anecdote was the brilliant framing device in The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp come to life:

In the middle of the biggest-ever “Cyber Storm” war game to test the nation’s hacker defenses, someone quietly targeted the very computers used to conduct the exercise.
The surprising culprit? The players themselves, the same government and corporate experts responsible for detecting and fending off attacks against vital computer systems, according to hundreds of pages of heavily censored files obtained by The Associated Press. Perplexed organizers sent everyone an urgent e-mail marked “IMPORTANT!” instructing them not to probe or attack the game’s control computers.
“Anytime you get a group of [information technology] experts together, there’s always a desire, ‘Let’s show them what we can do,”’ said George Foresman, a former senior Homeland Security Department official. “Whether its intent was embarrassment or a prank, we had to temper the enthusiasm of the players.”
But you damned young idiot, war starts at midnight! Haven't you been told?

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