Tuesday, 27 January 2009

The Next World War - James Adams

Hackers claim they can make a HERF (High Energy Radio Frequency) gun for $300. p151

Instruction manuals show how to penetrate a company's PBX telephone system of voice mail system and make free long distance calls; how to hack into computer systems from outside a building, using what is known as the Williams Van Eck system. p159

In a startling investigation into the vulnerability of FLAG, writers Neal Stephenson and Peter Leyden of Wired discovered that FLAG and four other truck cables, SEA-ME-WE 1,2 and 3, and AFRICA 1, will eevntually pass through a dilapidated old building within a stone's throw of the site of the Great Library of Alexandria. Clearly a strategically placed bomb could cause havoc with global communications. It is to be hoped that backup and redundancy will minimize the future threat. p173

In 1994 the New York Stock Exchange asked a German hacker to demonstrate how an attack could affect its systems. To its amazement, it was not the Exchange's "secure" systems he tried to invade, but the computers that controlled the air conditioning in the system's rooms. Having gained control of those he then had the power to raise the temperature to the point where machines would start to crash and the trading systems fail. p175

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