New article today about the dangers of hackers attacking space assets, i.e. satellites, and causing no end of grief and catastrophe.
The way to prevent accordingly is for all the space companies and countries to cooperate in coming up with a new and improved cyber security approach that will for once and all prevent hackers from breaking into their systems.
I think the Maginot line, the Siegfried line, the fortifications at Singapore and pretty much every computer based system in the U.S. up to and including the N.S.A. has demonstrated that “fixed” fortifications do not work.
Right now there are how many hacker sin the world trying to break into various systems? For the sake of argument let’s say 10,000. That 10,000 are distributed all over the place trying to break into the thousands of space related systems all over the world which means anywhere from one to a few hundred attacking any given system.
So let’s centralize all the space based systems under one central and cooperative cyber security system. What happens? You now have all 10,000 hackers concentrating and focusing on that one single system. Think it will survive? Yea and unicorns power the Hoover damn too.
There is a pretty simple lesson here. The more you concentrate infrastructure, the more efficiently and economically you can operate them BUT the more catastrophic the effects on people when there is a problem with that centralization.
That was demonstrated a couple days ago when ONE pipeline had a break and the entire South East of the U.S. was affected. Fortunately they were able to repair it quickly and the effects are already diminishing.
I just fear it’s going to take something really, really catastrophic which causes a lot of suffering before the lesson sinks in and the drive towards consolidation and centralization stops.