Talk about the new digital arms race. There’s a lot of stuff going on in this space between government sanctioned attacks against other countries to international corporate espionage. Besides the Lulz/Anonymous stuff most of this is happening on the fringes but it’s only a matter of time before it starts become more mainstream.
Frustrated by their inability to stop sophisticated hacking attacks or use the law to punish their assailants, an increasing number of U.S. companies are taking retaliatory action.
Known in the cyber security industry as “active defense” or “strike-back” technology, the reprisals range from modest steps to distract and delay a hacker to more controversial measures. Security experts say they even know of some cases where companies have taken action that could violate laws in the United States or other countries, such as hiring contractors to hack the assailant’s own systems.
These shifts are happening at a tectonic level. They’re huge and invisible to your average user. Invisible until a new mountain range pops up that is.
Data centers are being supplanted by cloud infrastructure. On-premise applications will be surpassed by software as a service (SaaS). And, thanks to the rise of mobile, PCs will become increasingly marginalized. These three shifts are dramatic, real, and they’re enlivening a sector of computing that a decade ago everyone thought was dead.
“In my 25 years in this business, I’ve never seen three simultaneous shifts of this magnitude,” says Levine,
Full disclosure, Microsoft, whose mentioned extensively in the article is a client.
I love that gaming and the real world are colliding. As they do, I think that gaming starts to present more hints at the world ahead. Much like sci-fi always has. If you read this article I think you’ll see not just some hints at the future of gaming but the future.
Real time social media and politics is interesting as it is in any communications activity but I think there’s a bigger question that I dont hear being discussed and that’s because it’s a much bigger, much more disruptive idea.
I was at an event in the States last month where someone brought up the point that the US is (in theory) a representative democracy. We elect representatives because it was traditionally impossible for everyone to participate.
But what happens when we live in a society where everyone could vote on every issue, in real time? What is the purpose of a representative then?
Couldn’t we eventually evolve to a political system where it is truly by the people, for the people?