Looking for a wake up call about our digital lifestyle? This book just might offer it up to you.
Mark Bowden, a journalist with the Philadelphia Inquirer and a contributing writer for Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and others, explored the 2008 spread of the Conficker worm, a piece of computer malware that many tech experts worried could have devastated the internet.
And who saved our digital lives?
It was no other than a rag-tag, volunteer group of techies and geeks that dedicated themselves to a cause that they saw as nothing less than the age-old battle between good and evil.
The Confiker virus started to show up in late 2008 and was noticed by experts int eh security field. These professionals had the job of monitoring and tracking down viruses as they emerged. This one, a worm, was particular noteworthy because it spread extremely rapidly and was expertly written. The code used to create this worm showed that it was created by someone with an extremely deep knowledge of how these viruses worked and how to create something particularly potent.
What did I think of it?
The best thing about a blog for me is that it is an easy way to express myself in a way that is non-threatening. It is not the professional words that I have to use in the classroom, I can write about what I want, and since it is a chance for me to voice my opinion, it can be about anything I want.