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.
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. ...