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In the Loop: January 30, 2009 Archive

Fun with stimulation

Posted at 9:12 AM on January 30, 2009 by Jeff Horwich (3 Comments)

As usual, here's an advance copy of the rockin' (um....) tune from tonight's show.

I went into the booth with a vague idea, and what emerged is something like "A Mighty Wind" tribute to the stimulus package, with a dose of double entendre.

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And....listen for a special announcement about the future of ITL on tonight's show. That's all I can say for now.

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'Someone set us up the [logic] bomb!'

Posted at 5:31 PM on January 30, 2009 by Steve Mullis (5 Comments)
Filed under: News

This is what happens when you make geeks angry, and fire them from their IT job. Apparently, a recently fired employee of finance company Fannie Mae planted a logic bomb that would have wiped out all 4,000 of Fannie Mae's servers.

This wasn't your average, Office Space, rounding-penny decimel, Monday detail virus. This was a doozy of a bomb. Another UNIX engineer discovered the bomb and the FBI described its intent this way:

... the FBI says the code would have executed a series of other scripts designed to block the company's monitoring system, disable access to the server on which it was running, then systematically wipe out all 4,000 Fannie Mae servers, overwriting all their data with zeroes ... This would also destroy the backup software of the servers making the restoration of data more difficult because new operating systems would have to be installed on all servers before any restoration could begin.

What I find interesting about this is how vunerable so many of our systems are. If this one guy could have taken down Fannie Mae by himself, even for just a week, think about what all of the disgruntled IT people of the country or world could do.

What's that? Microsoft is laying people off? Many IT jobs are being outsourced?


Moral of the story: Go and buy your main IT person a cookie or a World of Warcraft gametime card right now, make him your friend.

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