posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 06:33 PM
I read the article and I don't believe the EMI/EMP they are talking about involves "hacking into" an enemy network. It is more like, "Your
net-work becomes your net-doesn't-work". I have trouble believing any sensible hack could be done to a random network from afar that would make any
One thing I think was pretty cool related to enemy network sabatoge was that I heard somewhere during the first gulf war (George Senior's),
supposedly HP network printers were sold to the Iraqi government beforehand that had Trojan Horse/virus code in them that activated and disabled
whatever network they were attached to at the start of the invasion. That was pretty cool.
I have been a programmer for 24 years and have mainly focused on networking software and other embedded software development all along and I have
trouble believing that a plane could fly over and actually do anything other than destroy my network. Hacking into it and doing something clever is
pretty much beyond my belief. Destroying it is feasible and is pretty useful during an attack...manipulating the data in it, I don't think so, and
the article never actually said that.
To hack into a network requires a two way exchange of data. Blasting data into a network from afar is only a one way data stream. Who or what would
that data stream command? When hackers get into your computer at your desk, they write and read data to get in. They can't do it by just writing
data alone. For example, they will ping your computer across the internet and when your computer replies, they know they have a target. Then they
continually poke at different TCP/IP ports to find one that is "open". They know this because your computer replies to open port commands. This
wouldn't work from 30000 feet above with a high power beam blasting away at the twisted pair wire between your computer equipment.
My kid's school has three buildings all connected by a network I installed. We are finally switching the building interconnects to fiber optic
cables since each summer, a major electrical storm takes out one or more of our ethernet switches. This would be pretty easy to duplicate in an
electromagnetic weapon of some sort.