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15th May '17 8:32:17 PM staticat09
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* In 2017, Wanna Cry -- a ransomware botnet -- affected more than 20% of hospitals in the UK, later spreading to over 74 countries. The malware was designed to automatically ping an unregistered domain name, and would cease to exist if it found a domain name that actually existed. A twentysomething hacker found this flaw, registered a previously unregistered domain name, and began to intercept the botnet's packets. This registered domain's IP address reached all affected PC s... shutting down the virus. As MalwareTech, a research firm, puts it, "It thought it was in a sandbox [testing environment] and killed itself." Or, to put it another way, it was the cybersecurity equivalent of launching a missile that will only detonate if it hits a preassigned city ... and having the missile technician add "Mojave Desert" into the missile's launch code database.

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* In 2017, Wanna Cry -- a ransomware botnet -- affected more than 20% of hospitals in the UK, later spreading to over 74 countries. The malware was designed to automatically ping an unregistered domain name, and would cease to exist if it found a domain name that actually existed. A twentysomething hacker found this flaw, registered a previously unregistered domain name, and began to intercept the botnet's packets. This registered domain's IP address reached all affected PC s... shutting down the virus. As MalwareTech, Malware Tech, a British research firm, puts it, described it: "It thought it was in a sandbox [testing environment] and killed itself." Or, to put it another way, it was the cybersecurity equivalent of launching a missile that will only detonate if it hits a preassigned city ... and having the missile technician add "Mojave Desert" into the missile's launch code database.
15th May '17 8:31:33 PM staticat09
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* In 2017, Wanna Cry -- a ransomware botnet -- affected more than 20% of hospitals in the UK, later spreading to over 74 countries. The malware was designed to automatically ping an unregistered domain name, and would cease to exist if it found a domain name that actually existed. A twentysomething hacker found this flaw, registered a previously unregistered domain name, and began to intercept the botnet's packets. This registered domain's IP address reached all affected PC s... shutting down the virus. As MalwareTech, a research firm, puts it, "It thought it was in a sandbox [testing environment] and killed itself." Or, to put it another way, it was the cybersecurity equivalent of launching a missile that will only detonate if it hits a populated area ... and having the missile technician aim it at the Mojave Desert.

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* In 2017, Wanna Cry -- a ransomware botnet -- affected more than 20% of hospitals in the UK, later spreading to over 74 countries. The malware was designed to automatically ping an unregistered domain name, and would cease to exist if it found a domain name that actually existed. A twentysomething hacker found this flaw, registered a previously unregistered domain name, and began to intercept the botnet's packets. This registered domain's IP address reached all affected PC s... shutting down the virus. As MalwareTech, a research firm, puts it, "It thought it was in a sandbox [testing environment] and killed itself." Or, to put it another way, it was the cybersecurity equivalent of launching a missile that will only detonate if it hits a populated area ... preassigned city ... and having the missile technician aim it at add "Mojave Desert" into the Mojave Desert.missile's launch code database.
15th May '17 8:30:20 PM staticat09
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* In 2017, Wanna Cry -- a ransomware botnet -- affected more than 20% of hospitals in the UK, later spreading to over 74 countries. The malware was designed to automatically ping an unregistered domain name, and would cease to exist if it found a domain name that actually existed. A twentysomething hacker found this flaw, registered a previously unregistered domain name, and began to intercept the botnet's packets. This registered domain's IP address reached all affected PC s... shutting down the virus. As MalwareTech, a research firm, puts it, "It thought it was in a sandbox [testing environment] and killed itself." Or, to put it another way, it was the cybersecurity equivalent of launching a missile that will only detonate if it hits a populated area ... and having the missile technician aim it at the Mojave Desert.



* In 2017, WannaCry -- a ransomware botnet -- affected more than 20% of hospitals in the UK, later spreading to over 74 countries. The malware was designed to automatically ping an unregistered domain name, and would cease to exist if it found a domain name that actually existed. A twentysomething hacker found this flaw, registered a previously unregistered domain name, and began to intercept the botnet's packets. This registered domain's IP address reached all affected PCs... shutting down the virus. As MalwareTech, a research firm, puts it, "It thought it was in a sandbox [testing environment] and killed itself." Or, to put it another way, it was the cybersecurity equivalent of launching a missile that will only detonate if it hits a populated area ... and having the missile technician aim it at the Mojave Desert.

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* In 2017, WannaCry -- a ransomware botnet -- affected more than 20% of hospitals in the UK, later spreading to over 74 countries. The malware was designed to automatically ping an unregistered domain name, and would cease to exist if it found a domain name that actually existed. A twentysomething hacker found this flaw, registered a previously unregistered domain name, and began to intercept the botnet's packets. This registered domain's IP address reached all affected PCs... shutting down the virus. As MalwareTech, a research firm, puts it, "It thought it was in a sandbox [testing environment] and killed itself." Or, to put it another way, it was the cybersecurity equivalent of launching a missile that will only detonate if it hits a populated area ... and having the missile technician aim it at the Mojave Desert.
15th May '17 8:29:27 PM staticat09
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* In 2017, WannaCry -- a ransomware botnet -- affected more than 20% of hospitals in the UK, later spreading to over 74 countries. The malware was designed to automatically ping an unregistered domain name, and would cease to exist if it found a domain name that actually existed. A twentysomething hacker found this flaw, registered a previously unregistered domain name, and began to intercept the botnet's packets. This registered domain's IP address reached all affected PCs... shutting down the virus. As MalwareTech, a research firm, puts it, "It thought it was in a sandbox [testing environment] and killed itself." Or, to put it another way, it was the cybersecurity equivalent of launching a missile that will only detonate if it hits a populated area ... and having the missile technician aim it at the Mojave Desert.
24th Mar '17 6:47:10 AM Trueman001
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* The Smiler roller coaster at Alton Towers​ suffered a bad incident (although not as bad as the Battersea incident) on 2 June 2015; the operator, following standard procedure, sent a test train around the track, but assumed that it had completed the circuit instead of checking that it had. He then sent a passenger train, and the ride safety systems detected the impending collision and shut down the ride -- and the operator assumed that this was a malfunction in the safety systems, and manually restarted the ride without doing any further checking, probably using a key he wasn't supposed to have.
21st Mar '17 6:58:23 AM Trueman001
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* Probably the worst known roller coaster incident in history occurred on rhe Battersea Funfair Big Dipper on 30 May 1972. The lift chain malfunctioned, followed by the anti-rollback mechanism, and the train rolled back to the station and collided with the other train. Five children died and another 13 were injured. The park struggled on for another 16 months, before closing at the end of the 1974 season.
20th Jan '17 9:32:57 AM KhymChanur
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Titanic The sinking]] of the ''Titanic'' on 15 April 1912 was so unexpected because of its novel failsafe design, with multiple watertight compartments that should have been able to keep it afloat even if one compartment was breached. The bulkheads that were supposed to seal off the compartments, while extending above the waterline, were not sealed at the top, meaning that they could still overflow and fill other compartments, something of a design flaw. And of course, the final failsafe on any ship--the lifeboats--failed to save most of the passengers, because there weren't enough of them. The ''Titanic'' had room to carry enough lifeboats, but it sailed with only one-third of its capacity. Contrary to urban legend, this wasn't due to the hubris of the designer and crew in believing it unsinkable. Carrying only a fraction of lifeboat capacity was standard practice at the time, based on assumptions about how slowly passenger ships sank--it was expected that help would arrive before the ship had to be completely evacuated and the lifeboats would simply ferry the passengers to the rescue vessels. The only ships that sailed with enough lifeboats for everybody were warships, which were expected to go down in conditions where they would sink ''fast''. There ''were'' regulations on the bare-minimum number of lifeboats to be carried, but they were based around the weight of the ship, not passenger capacity, and the number aboard ''Titanic'' as-built was already ''over'' that limit.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Titanic [[UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic The sinking]] of the ''Titanic'' on 15 April 1912 was so unexpected because of its novel failsafe design, with multiple watertight compartments that should have been able to keep it afloat even if one compartment was breached. The bulkheads that were supposed to seal off the compartments, while extending above the waterline, were not sealed at the top, meaning that they could still overflow and fill other compartments, something of a design flaw. And of course, the final failsafe on any ship--the lifeboats--failed to save most of the passengers, because there weren't enough of them. The ''Titanic'' had room to carry enough lifeboats, but it sailed with only one-third of its capacity. Contrary to urban legend, this wasn't due to the hubris of the designer and crew in believing it unsinkable. Carrying only a fraction of lifeboat capacity was standard practice at the time, based on assumptions about how slowly passenger ships sank--it was expected that help would arrive before the ship had to be completely evacuated and the lifeboats would simply ferry the passengers to the rescue vessels. The only ships that sailed with enough lifeboats for everybody were warships, which were expected to go down in conditions where they would sink ''fast''. There ''were'' regulations on the bare-minimum number of lifeboats to be carried, but they were based around the weight of the ship, not passenger capacity, and the number aboard ''Titanic'' as-built was already ''over'' that limit.
10th Jan '17 4:18:59 PM BobTanaka
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* Referenced in the Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Episode [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E02Gamera Gamera]]:
-->'''Soldier:''' "The electrical shocks don't seem to bother Gamera at all!"
-->'''Servo:''' "Hm, and I was counting ''very heavily'' on them..."
8th Dec '16 12:12:05 AM upupandaway42
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* Combined with TheGuardsMustBeCrazy in the Series/{{Supergirl}} episode [[Recap/Supergirl2015S2E7TheDarkestPlace "The Darkest Place"]], where the Fortress of Solitude's secruity robot, Kelex, is fooled into thinking Hank Henshaw is [[{{Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]] by Hank dumping a vial of blood onto the Fortress' console, even though Kelex is looking right at Hank and should see that he isn't her.

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* Combined with TheGuardsMustBeCrazy in the Series/{{Supergirl}} episode [[Recap/Supergirl2015S2E7TheDarkestPlace "The Darkest Place"]], where the Fortress of Solitude's secruity robot, Kelex, is fooled into thinking Hank Henshaw is [[{{Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]] by Hank dumping a vial of blood onto the Fortress' console, even though Kelex is looking right at Hank and should see that he isn't her.
8th Dec '16 12:10:10 AM upupandaway42
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* Combined with TheGuardsMustBeCrazy in the Series/{{Supergirl}} episode [[Recap/Supergirl2015S2E7TheDarkestPlace "The Darkest Place"]], where the Fortress of Solitude's secruity robot, Kelex, is fooled into thinking Hank Henshaw is [[{{Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]] by Hank dumping a vial of blood onto the Fortress' console, even though Kelex is looking right at Hank and should see that he isn't her.
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