Setting Ourselves Up For Disaster?
I think of how much of my life somehow relies on the Internet - shopping, banking, information, communication at a minimum - and how many essential services now pretty much demand that you access them on-line.
I think about how less secure all of this is than we have been assuming (from either governments, corporations, or Bad Guys), and I think about the sheer size of some of the recent attacks on specific sites and services - can you say "bot-net" anyone?
I've pretty much concluded that we're fast approaching a day when suddenly a significantly large part of modern society will stop working with no warning. Whether by accident, incompetence, or malice really doesn't matter.
The frightening thing is this: twenty years ago it would have been hard to imagine a utility outage that could impact more than a small geographic area. The possible exceptions might be some major electrical outages that might touch a couple million people in a region.
Otherwise, when stuff broke, it was generally a local problem.
Now we're all relying on a large network which, although sold on the idea of being self-repairing, looks to me like it relies on a some pretty vulnerable weak spots - maybe DNS systems; maybe major fibre conduits, or the major hubs that data passes through. And let's not forget the ways that a government can close off some or all of the 'net. And that's not even considering the volume of data living in "Clouds" run by Amazon and others.
It seems to me that there's a looming possibility that one day a large part of the Internet that we rely on will come crashing down.
How much of your life would grind to a halt if the 'Net was unavailable for a day?