Virus in Orbit

Hyperconnectivity, as we all know, has a dark side in the form of new security threats. Now a computer virus (specifically the W32.Gammima.AG worm) has gone where no virus has ever gone before.... hitting laptops on the International Space Station.

This is a level 0 gaming virus intended to gather personal information. Is the message that the ISS is a technology game?

Al Warden, who spoke at the Nortel Technical Conference, has a unique perspective on this question. He was the command module pilot for the Apollo 15 moon mission in 1971, and expressed his own concern of the scientific value of the ISS program.

I diverge. The reality is that whether in your enterprise network or in orbit, hyperconnectivity is with us bringing its challenges (including security) and presenting tremendous opportunities for increased personal, team and business productivity.

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