Saturday, March 18, 2006

Cyber Threats Meet Biological Threats

Every once in a while, I'm tempted to buy one of the tabloids I see while standing in the supermarket checkout line. Tonight I saw this headline on the front page of the Weekly World News: "Computer Virus Spreads to Humans!" It was, of course, accompanied by a photo of a woman sitting in front of a computer blowing her nose--visual proof of the headline's veracity!

In Seeking Security in an Insecure World, Dan Caldwell and I placed considerable emphasis on the fact that many of the security threats we face today are interconnected. I have to confess, though, that we failed to anticipate the possibility that computer viruses might become the next biological threat.

(Incidentally, if you click on that Weekly World News link, I'm pretty sure you'll lose points off your IQ.)