Chapter 2. Famous for Fifteen Minutes

It is often said that generals always prepare to fight the last war. A risk that is anticipated and planned for can usually be averted. It is the unplanned-for risks that overwhelm us.

The appearance of professional Internet criminals was predicted in fiction long before the Internet became a mass medium. During the early years of the Web, we spent a great deal of time and energy looking for ways to defeat the professional thief. The mischief maker, the prankster, and the juvenile delinquent were overlooked.

Then a group of hackers cracked the Web site of the CIA.[1]

The attack did not result in the loss of classified information, did not disrupt the work of the agency, and did not threaten the critical infrastructure. ...

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