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I love a good thriller. There is something about the Bond movies, the Bourne books, and others of that ilk that make us fearful yet happy all at the same time. Inevitably, these books and movies are about a serious situation that threatens a large number of people and involves a lot of money. The really scary thing is that we had a real one of these recently and it’s going to make a terrific piece even though no one gets shot.I’m talking about the DNS vulnerability that was discovered and fixed. Had it not been, the entire Internet and everything which uses it could have been destroyed. That means banking, commerce, email, heck, even spam! I dare you to read this article from Wired and not become a bit uneasy.
The most interesting thing to me is that this security flaw was kept secret by the supposedly laissez-faire coder community yet once the security experts were clued in it leaked in no time. It’s always the rogue cop, eh? This story has heroes and villains and a lot of very scary moments.