Monthly Archives: October 2016

Man vs. Machine

For as long as we’ve had computers, we have instigated competitions between the humans and the machines. In chess, world champion Garry Kasparov won over specialized chess computer Deep Blue in 1996, only to loose against an improved algorithm in 1997.

Many experts believed the game of Go, with its many more possibilities for each move, was unbeatable by a computer. However, dispensing with the brute force approach of earlier systems, the AlphaGo computer program beat the Go world champion.

Unfortunately, we are also facing less benign man vs. machine battles. Large parts of the internet were temporarily inaccessible to humans due to a DDOS attack  coming from large number of badly protected IoT devices like webcams, DVRs and printers.

You want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. If you have the responsibility for computers, websites or IoT systems, make sure you have hardened them appropriately.



Side note: When I checked this site, I realized that my anti-spam protection worked, but I had neglected to restrict new user registration. I had 15,777 registered users (!) and had to install a bulk delete plug-in to get rid of them. So if you’ve commented on my posts in the past, I regret to inform you that you’ll have to re-register to comment again (now with Google reCAPTCHA)