Have you discovered The Alexandria Project?
Well, it’s an interesting world we live in, isn’t it? I say that because one of the lines I came up with to promote my cybersecurity thriller, The Alexandria Project was, “It’s only fictional in the sense that it hasn’t happened yet.” There wasn’t much question in my mind that this statement would prove true, but I hadn’t expected that it would happen so quickly, and even so precisely. In the latest example, it almost makes you wonder whether those involved have read my book.
The first time around, it was a missile test by the North Koreans that left people wondering whether the launch might be a mask for something more sinister. You can read about that episode here. Now, further details have come to light regarding a major assault by attackers unknown against Aramco, the world’s largest oil company. The virus introduced via that break in accomplished the impressive feat of wiping clean the hard drives of three-quarters of the PCs of Aramco’s 55,000 employees. When those users returned to work after a religious holiday and tried to open a file, any file, this is what they saw instead: an image of a burning American flag.
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