Techno

Reading about the latest hack to hit the banking community got me to thinking about my journey with computers etc. Having always had an enthusiasm for tinkering with gadgets – sometimes with disastrous results but thankfully nothing serious – I thought back to the dear old £99 spectrum that was my first intro into the as then almost secretive world of computing. I still remember that flush of excitement as I unpacked all the bits and pieces and got out the twenty pages of instructions (something you rarely get today) and began the task of assembly. As I recall it had a separate tape machine that you had to load things on then transfer to the main machine and there was a long slot in the back that took solid state game consoles. Since those heady days I have gradually progressed through a series of different computers and now spend most of my on line time on an I pad although I do occasionally make use of a Toshiba laptop – albeit a little past it now but still struggling gamely on. (Bit like the owner). Getting back to why I put this post up. As I said I was reading about the latest hacking and I really cannot understand why a school kid in his bedroom can cause such havoc and potentially shut down systems which have to all intents and purposes been set up by the so called experts. If it is that easy for a system to be hacked one must wonder why it cannot be that easy to prevent it, and are any of these anti this and that protection systems really as good as they say. Perhaps it could be said that maybe we have gone to far to fast in the pursuit of ever supposedly ways to make life easier and less stressful. As far as I am concerned the modern computers and the internet are a miracle of technology but at the same time could present us with a perhaps more serious problem in the not to distant future when you consider the massive amount of information you can get hold of if you are tech savvy. We are no doubt almost entirely reliant on computers for our every day needs and we can only hope that somewhere down the line someone is keeping an eye on things, especially in those areas where power and supplies and the military are concerned.

3 thoughts on “Techno

  1. I cut my teeth on the Spectrum as well, even got as far as changing the keyboard but I remember the grating noise of the cheapest tape recorder you could get and the long wait for something to load. I do think something has gone wrong somewhere, it’s too easy for anyone with some knowledge to access personal information. It probably did always happen that but not so much the world and his wife as well.
    Computers were supposed to replace a lot of the workforce and I shudder to think what the next generation will do, if IT goes into a melt down, some can’t add figures up without a calculator! My daughter works in a medical library and there was panic amongst the doctors and nurses when the computers went down, what were they to do – my daughter pointed out they were in the library!! It probably never occurred to them to pick up a book.

  2. Hi Terry,
    The sad fact is that why banking sites (or any sites ) get hacked on such a scale is because the people who are responsible for the security elements of such sites are complacent and lazy and unprofessional.
    All hell is directed at the perpetrator(s) of such hacking exploits when it is found that some bedroom based young, talented nerd kid with an aptitude for finding the coding error shortcomings that allow the security vulnerabilities that they subsequently often exploit and so expose .. but in reality these security ‘holes’ should not exist in the first instance – especially when said issues give unauthorised access to entire confidential database contents.
    Yes, sure the perpetrator gets tracked down and caught , but the intrinsic guilty parties are the ‘professionals’ whose job it is to secure such online places – they have the same access to developing information as the wannabe hackers have, so no excuse.

    I’m off now to look for viruses to kill , trojans to quarantine and to change my 124 passwords form ‘password’ to a more secure “qwertyuiop”

  3. Agree with AJB. Having been involved (years ago) in the military aviation field, the watchword is, “Fail-Safe”. Triple systems, multiple human checks by qualified and trained staff, but still there are crashes.

    One has only got to look at the many NHS computer based fiascoes!

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