“At 22, he single-handedly put a stop to the worst cyberattack the world had ever seen. Then he was arrested by the FBI. This is his untold story.”
Andy Greenberg visits with Clifford Stoll, 30 years after the man wrote the original book on computer hacking, The Cuckoo’s Egg. Stoll discovered what is believed to be the very first state-sponsored computer hacker. (Who was behind it? The Russians. Quelle surprise.)
As the opening ceremonies of the 2018 winter olympics began in Pyeongchang, a cyberattack targeted the games’ digital infrastructure, jeopardizing WIFI connections, event tickets, and even the official Olympics app, packed full of information on event schedules, maps, and hotel reservations. Andy Greenberg examines who was behind the attack and why they wanted to publicly embarrass South Korea.
In 2017, during an ongoing unofficial war, Russian targeted Ukraine with malware to test its cyberattack skills and possibly punish countries that did with business with Ukraine. In the process, it knocked out shipping and manufacturing throughout the world. By the time it was contained, the White House estimated the total damages at $10 billion dollars. Authorities say worse attacks are yet to come.