Malware — Life Imitates Art

The news is full of stories of crucial systems being infiltrating by malware.   The Stuxnet code caused Iranian nuclear centrifuges to self-destruct.  The U.S. Predator and Reaper drones have been infected with malware.  Malware attacks are not limited to the Earth — the International Space Station has been infected more than once.  The White House considered cyber attacks on Libya.

Some of these incidents, such as Iranian centrifuges self-destructing, seem like something from a spy novel or James Bond movie.  It made us wonder about life imitating art.  We found the case of a laser satellite being sabotaged by infiltration of malicious code.

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This is from the control room scene in Diamonds Are Forever, in which James Bond (played by Sean Connery) and his accomplice, Tiffany Case (played by Jill St. John, pictured above), attempt to substitute a tape recording of music for the tape carrying the code.

Do you know of other malware incidents in books or movies?  Tell us about them using this form.  We will post the best of them on this blog.


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