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  • 1. Jack Oughton – 05.04.11 – Cyberwar Short CutThe cyberwar is heating up. The world is starting to read like a WilliamGibson novel. Notorious internet collective Anonymous has shown thatelectronic civil disobedience can cause real political change. TheStuxnet worm (described as the ‘cyber weapon prototype’) has targetedIran, hindering its nuclear program.Whos behind it all? Hard to say. Broadly speaking, people withadvanced computer skills. But being a tech wiz doesnt guaranteepower. Legit career prospects? PC repair guy, web design or being anetwork technician. Hardly glamorous and probably not challenging ifyou can hold a conversation in MySQL and are more interested in256bit encryption than customer service.The hacker stereotype is ubiquitous, the idea of the wired computer kid,typing unbelievably quickly, his pimpled, ghostly face illuminated bymultiple computer monitors. And these hackers have a lot of powertoday, since were all doing our banking online, being addicted toFacebook and working remotely. It’s dangerous for the electroniclayman out there. Hell, Im even being told to get antivirus software formy Mac now. Bill Gates is retired but the nerds are still powerful indeed.So, instead of sabotage, what can all these bored computer geniusesdo? Think of that untapped, frustrated talent just waiting for a productiveoutlet…Maybe a government department that hacks IPhones and forceschildren to pay attention in class? Or we could have them writing usefulsoftware alternatives to buggy office software. Imagine a day at workwith no technical hitches? Wonderful.Either way we’ve got to do something before a nonchalant I.T techhacks your Facebook.  

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