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(BBC)   South Korea would like the world to know THAT IT IS DEVELOPING CYBER WEAPONS TO ATTACK THE NORTH, and why is everyone facepalming?   ( divider line
    More: Fail, South Korean, Stuxnet, isotope separation, University of Surrey, Iranian nuclear, computer security, Yonhap, North Koreans  
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2014-02-21 10:15:57 AM  
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DubtodaIll: Because it's just as smart to announce you're developing covert weapons against your enemy.

If your enemy is the embodiment of paranoia, it kind of is.  Now Kim Jong-Un will probably start getting suspicious about which one of his scientists is going to sneak the cyberweapon in.  Being who he is, Kim will thus have all of his nuclear scientists shot, setting the NK nuke program back decades.  And the best part is that SK didn't even create a cyber weapon---all they had to do was write a press release.
2014-02-21 11:47:49 AM  
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naughtyrev: I hope their cyberweapons work on typewriters.

North Korea has universities teaching computer science, a thriving programming outsourcing sector and its own Linux distribution. They have built a working nuclear bomb and placed a satellite in orbit, neither of which is easily done using typewriters alone.

That doesn't make the rulers there nice people, but it does make attempts to portray the whole country as a bunch of unsophisticated peasants look a bit silly.
2014-02-21 10:38:06 AM  
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What_do_you_want_now: doglover: [ image 850x413]

I....I know and have worked with at least 3 of those.

/the terrible memories.

Don't knock tubes.  For certain applications, they are better than transistors.

Right now, I'm transmitting on 21.078 MHz using a 12BY7A driver tube to a pair of 6146B finals.

/Trying to get TI3VLM in Iceland on JT9 mode.
2014-02-21 10:16:39 AM  
1 vote:
That should be about as effective as attempting to cripple Mississippi by taking away their toothbrushes and books.
2014-02-21 10:06:09 AM  
1 vote:
Why is this such a bad idea?  Just because NK isn't on the internet doesn't mean that a cyberweapon wouldn't work.  As I recall the US/Israel got Stuxnet on the Iranian centrifuge computers via a thumb drive someone carried in there.  There's no reason to think that SK couldn't bribe an NK nuclear scientist (and you could probably get one of them to turn traitor in exchange for a few square meals) to do something similar.

Besides, that idiotic homegrown OS the Norks use is probably at least 10 years out of date, security-wise.
d23 [BareFark]
2014-02-21 10:02:18 AM  
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naughtyrev: I hope their cyberweapons work on typewriters.

No doubt.  I think the most affective weapon against the north at this point would be create a trail of goldfish crackers through the DMZ.
2014-02-21 09:23:46 AM  
1 vote:
I hope their cyberweapons work on typewriters.
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