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SOMEONE is learning how to take down the internet.

Recent attacks on the internet could be a prelude to far worse ones

“SOMEONE is learning how to take down the internet.” This was the headline of a blog post Bruce Schneier, a noted cyber-security expert, wrote in mid-September. It looked prescient when, on October 21st, Dynamic Network Services (Dyn), a firm that is part of the internet-address system, was disrupted by what is called a “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attack. (Essentially, a DDoS floods servers with requests until they can no longer cope.) For hours, hundreds of sites were hard to reach, including those of Netflix, PayPal and Twitter.

The attack on Dyn was only the latest in a string of similar ones. On September 20th, for instance, the victim was Brian Krebs, an American journalist who often reports on internet criminals. The server where he hosts his blog became the target of one of the largest DDoS attacks on record (it was bombarded with data equivalent to almost half a percent of the internet’s entire capacity). Most of the other recent digital assaults, however, were more discerning—as if the attacker “were looking for the exact point of failure,” Mr Schneier wrote in his blog post.

It is not clear who the attackers are, although security analysts suspect they are either Chinese or Russian. At any rate, all the attacks used the same software, called Mirai, whose source code has been leaked online. It mainly scours the internet for devices such as webcams, digital video recorders and home routers in which easy-to-guess factory-set passwords (“12345” or even “password”) have not been changed. The program then turns those it can gain access to into a huge army of digital slaves that can be directed to inundate targets with requests. Shortly after the attack on Dyn, XiongMai Technologies, one of the biggest makers of webcam components, announced it would recall some products and provide owners of others with software updates to improve security.

This may help, but not much can be done in the short run other than to appeal to owners of internet-connected devices to change their passwords. To fix the problem properly, Mr Krebs argued in a blog post, the makers of such devices, collectively called the “internet of things” (IoT), would all have to recall vulnerable systems and change their careless approach to security. Since this is unlikely to happen, regulators may have to step in. Indeed, the European Commission is already working on legislation to require better security in IoT devices. Lawsuits against negligent device-makers would also help.

As for the goal of the attacks, it could be something other than to take down the internet. Many fret that such virtual weapons could be turned to full blast just before or on November 8th, when America will elect a new president and House of Representatives, and also many senators and state governors. A DDoS could not paralyse voting machines, for hardly any of them are connected to the internet. But striking all kinds of websites, from those of online media to the government’s, could spread chaos—and the feeling that the elections are somehow being “rigged”.

Source: http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21709286-recent-attacks-internet-could-be-prelude-far-worse-ones-crash-testing?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/ed/crashtesting

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Elon Musk (twitter): Only a matter of time before advanced AI is used to do this. Internet is particularly susceptible to a gradient descent algo. Random user (twitter): #elonmusk will this lead to the first AI v AI conflict? Elon Musk (twitter): good chance Elon Musk (twitter): There would def be millions of agents simultaneously doing a Monte Carlo sim & combining the results to build a map of weaknesses

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此时,如果意志不坚定的家伙,尤其是青年人,会沉迷于臆想,幻想自己在另一个环境中自己是如何大显本领。 当然,这些只能在后来的日子里抱怨了,但我绝不后悔自己的选择,因为自己的思想体系在不断的偶然事件中碰撞出思想的火花或者纯纯粹粹的在自己的心理舒适区里享受生活的美妙,都是自己的抉择或被动抉择,只能自己负自己的责任。的确,可是选择了一条路必然不可能在同一时间踏足另一条路,这也必然导致了这条路上的风景变换。 如此,追根溯源,我得检讨以下自己思想的动机了。 思想有时总是先于行动的,人们总是思想上有一定火花时,才会萌发行动的概念,并根据现实的资源和自己的时间资源加以分配。但是现实的肉体总会以各种各样的化学机制来影响人们的大脑,人们的思维局限(就是通常所说的眼光的局限性)也会在潜意识的领域对人的各种决策施加我们所不知道的影响。行动的任务进度表不会是我们大脑所意识的直线式,而更加趋向于复杂的函数变换曲线(不同的时间状态下不同的心理因素和身体因素分别对思维的大脑施加比重不同的影响),但我们明显习惯于清晰明快的计划表,虽然大多数情况下我们能否列出来还是个问题,在有外界条件监督下,我们往往能坚持较长时间,并找各种理由为自己坚持下去找借口,是的,外界的力量就是这么变相绑架我们的,除非自己彻底明晰自己到底为什么这样做及我的稍微长远而清晰目标,我们的大脑是很容易被外界的各种突变因素给裹挟去未知的,不可预料的事件中去,这就偏离了你原来的目的,这时,扪心自问自己的目标和价值观究竟是外强中干,还是海枯石烂? 在这个过程中,有时那些醒来的人,不过只是在这个过程中眼睁睁的看着自己无能为力,不断堕落,丧失最初的自己。借用一句话:无论多么悲壮的故事,也改变不了悲剧的结局。这时,到底是外界环境压力和思想纠结到了什么程度呢? **(二)** 前篇我已经大略的聊了一下大脑决策的困境和执行力的尴尬境地,显然,在前面,我一直在努力灌输一个事实,那就是自制力的缺乏让X陷入了“思想的巨人,行动的矮子”的境地,造成了X不断强化形成“想怎么舒服就怎么舒服”的思维反射,让思维的火花在逐渐熄灭,让已经形成的稍微清晰的“目标”概念逐渐模糊,直至被“想怎么舒服就怎么舒服”所俘获,那么,在稍微困境的环境里,在有大量自由的时间条件前提下,假定X的行为受X内心得底层驱动力说驱动,这里分2种: 1 受X自己的底层驱动所驱使,在没有清晰的彻彻底底目标下,X会被自己表层的概念所俘获,或者说在自己内心最深层的欲望所指引(如平时时常被压制的想法)下,做自己意识比较模糊而让自己快乐的事情,让自己舒服。但通常这是第一时期,这个过程比较短,意志的模糊状态通常在此发生。过了第一时期,便过渡到第二时期,顷刻的悔意,之后便是被自己编的理由所掩盖,或遗忘,或被自己的想像的事儿所占据自己全部的cpu。第二时期的重心是完成遗忘,以新的概念来替代并占据当下的活动;接下来便是潜意识的休眠期,在第一时期的喷发已经耗尽了能量,它必须潜伏下来,积蓄能量,等待下一次的喷发。通常第二时期X的“神”的意识占据上风,并接管“火山喷发后的残留遗迹”,并在此期间尽力“经济 ”,促进繁荣。可惜潜意识的危机并没有解决,随着地上经济的繁荣,地下积聚的力量也越来越多,其喷发的敏感度越来越高,导火线事件也越来越多,充当救活队员的“神”的意识会越来越疲惫,会发生意识模糊事件的机会也越来越大。盛世之下,犹如建筑在火山口上的冰宫华美建筑,晶莹剔透,却折射着迷人的血浆般的赤红 2 外界的压力 通常在没有自我觉醒的光环照耀下,或清晰的自我规划及定位下,我们被外界轻易裹胁,被打断计划。外界的力量好比在平地突起的小山包,小山包在平原里的城市经济开发形成过程中被狠狠的一拳揍“平”,可通过大地把力量传递到了地下深处,大地仍然在积蓄力量,危机被繁华的表象掩盖。根基不稳,内心深处的力量突破束缚,造成大地的满目疮痍。

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