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The Matrix at 20: A Metaphor for Today's Cybersecurity Challenges
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alphadata
alphadata,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/27/2019 | 3:21:35 AM
Re: Wonderful, thoughtful essay
When The Matrix came out 20 years ago, the internet was still in its infancy, confined by the limits of dial-up modems, Netscape browsers and the startup discs that EarthLink and AOL tucked in mailboxes across the country. If you wanted to use the internet, you usually had to sacrifice your phone line, and those with constant busy signals were regarded as hopeless shut-ins, like a flannel-swathed

Sandra Bullock ordering a pie from Pizza-dot-net. To the extent that films were thinking about the possibilities of online life, they were usually defined by suspicion and terror, such as the VR corporate sabotage of Disclosure or sick allure of a chatroom IT security companies in dubai sadist in Dee Snider's StrangeLand. The landscape was changing, but all they could think to do was freak out and disconnect.
REISEN1955
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
4/8/2019 | 1:29:08 PM
Re: I think you got it backwards
The final battle in the last Matrix is definate ransomware attack or DDoS attack, more liikely the latter.  Flood of dangeroius packets. 

 
nhacailixi88
nhacailixi88,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/5/2019 | 10:45:16 PM
Re: I think you got it backwards
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schopj
schopj,
User Rank: Strategist
4/5/2019 | 4:37:35 PM
I think you got it backwards
While I think this article is very well written and the analogies work quite well to illustrate your points, in the Matrix however, the computer references are the opposite of your analogies.  The crew of the Nebbakanezzer ARE the hackers.  The agents, are anti-virus platforms and remote admin tools.  Agent Smith, once decommissioned, becomes a self replicating virus as he rebels against the the system that discarded him.  You hit the nail on the head of the Oracle being the AI and Machine learning algorithms, but in the Matrix, Neo is the insider threat, or perhaps the vulnerability itself, the result of an unbalanced binary equation, the 1 that balances out the 0, that one bug that the developers just couldnt get rid of.  
REISEN1955
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
4/5/2019 | 12:38:39 PM
Wonderful, thoughtful essay
Your comments are spot-on and probable that more rules and comparisons exist in this series than touched upon, after all almost all cyber work involves a matrix of some kind or another.  Now, if we address IBM, eh, HAL9000 we come upon another variable: the computer system-network at self-fault.  That would be a writing task and as a reader " I have the greatest confidence in the mission." 


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