Many called the world wide web a ‘democratizing force’ when it hit mainstream use in the late 80s and 90s, but it could be just the force to bring the US to its knees in the coming years.
Recently, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology publication Technology Review detailed how aging ‘un-patched’ American systems are particularly vulnerable to attacks.
Tom Simonite, staff writer at MIT Tech Review, said the reasons for the vulnerabilities were simple: whereas consumers of personal computing installed constant updates to protect against identity theft, public works systems developed a tendency to favor ‘reliability’ over cutting edge software tech.
The adherence to “whatever [software] keeps the lights on” puts these companies, and American infrastructure, at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to dealing with hackers — Simonite basically says some of these software systems haven’t been updated since their initiation. Business Insider