811. Beware The Internet Of Things


811. A year ago, several mystifying, computer‐related events occurred in rapid succession in the U.S. Two passenger planes crashed into each other high above Kansas. Flight 123, traveling from LA to Vancouver, collided with Flight 456, traveling from Miami to NYC. All crew and passengers died. About ten minutes later, an Amtrak passenger train collided with a freight train near Chicago, killing 21 passengers and crew. About twenty minutes later, two new Pesla cars, with their owners behind the wheel, drove off the end of the Santa Monica pier in Los Angeles. U.S. authorities initially blamed computer hackers in China, then Russia, and then North Korea. However, a 9‐year‐old prodigy, presently enrolled at MIT, admitted today, "I was just a kid at the time. I was just moving things around on a computer. It didn't occur to me that I was dealing with real, live people. I was just having fun." 8.8

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