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Tag Archives: Y2K

TEOTWAWKI and the Real Y2K Story

– Whether or not you believed that the end-of-the-world was going to happen on December 21 or December 24, 2012 due to the Mayan calendar ending on one of those days, it is clear now that anticipated catastrophic events did not come to pass. Some commentators suggested that the dire warnings were…

Storing Books against Digital Disaster

– It was interesting to read that there is an effort to store physical books so that they will be available in the event that there is a catastrophe that might wipe out all electronic versions or in case the Library of Congress were destroyed. In an article by David Streitfeld, “In a Flood Tide of…

Y2K – Event, Nonevent? – Which Was It?

– The largely successful remediation of the Y2K “bug” arguably led to the worst of outcomes for the credibility of cybersecurity risk. Many believe that Y2K was all a hoax perpetrated by software consultants and vendors in order to generate income, which it certainly did. Others, who had a…

Cybergeddon … Ho Hum

– A February 23, 2010 article by Elinor Mills caught my eye. It had the title “Experts warn of catastrophe from cyberattacks,” and is available at http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10458759-245.htm?tag=mncol;title. The article has a link to a U.S. Senate Hearing, which took place that same day,…

Embedded Exploits

– Two major Y2K security and safety concerns were:  embedded systems (such as control systems in elevators, power plants, automobiles, etc. would fail to operate properly when the date changed from December 31, 1999 to January 1, 2000, and computer applications that had been outsourced,…