Thursday, July 9, 2015

Is Anybody Else Worried?

United Airlines, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Wall Street Journal's online presence were all hacked today.  At least, that's what the interwebs are calling it.  Homeland Security says it's not a terrorist attack, that they are three separate incidents, that each is an internal issue, that no one should worry.  The companies are saying it's the software and nothing to worry about for the long term.

I'm sorry.  I'm worried.

Sure, bad things come in threes and accidents will happen and no one is claiming responsibility but I'm still worried.  I don't believe in coincidences.  I don't think that glitches, the Exchange's word, are the best description for whatever halted trading on the NYSE at 11:31 am.  This is the backbone of the American financial system; glitches seems far too minor a term for something that shut it down.

UAL used the same verbiage, but if I were in the airport this morning I'd be looking for something more serious than a glitch at which to direct my fury.  Hand written tickets?  Electronic scales that no longer compute? Ripple effects throughout the day, all over the country.... glitches just doesn't cut it.

And, I'm still worried.

If I were a bad guy, I think I'd test out my project before I ran with it full bore.  I'd do mini-hacks, all about the same time, looking for problems and ferreting out solutions.  Then, once the kinks were worked out, I'd return for a grand finale.

Like I said, I'm worried. I'm flying on six different planes in the next few weeks.  I'm sleeping in mid-town Manhattan in an enormous hotel.  I'll be in large groups and assemblies and not all of the rooms will have immediate access to the outdoors.... in fact, none of them will have that.

As I feel my anxiety level rising, I breathe deeply and remember that, in fact, I'm worrying about nothing.

After all, they were only glitches.


  1. I am also worried. The company I work for, computers were all down yesterday also, as well as the Maricopa County Sheriff's department computers. My company never said anything publically, but we could not function for several hours yesterday. I don't believe in coincidences, either. Something was amiss yesterday. Hope it was just Glitches, as they say.

    1. Nice to know I am not alone. Interesting that this affected law enforcement, too and your company as well. Keeping it quiet just adds to my angst.


  2. I've been home for the past few days on a stay-cation and didn't even realize this had happened. I know this isn't going to be comforting, but I cannot tell you how many times my info has been compromised. Two times in the past year it's been compromised with Blue Cross. I have credit monitoring through AMEX and I check it all the time. That's about all I can do. There's no way to get off the grid. As more and more info is put into central databanks, this is happening more frequently. It is a cause for concern, but I'm not going to freak out like my sister has. She's gone all conspiracy and it annoys me.

    Hopefully, everything will get sorted. Just make sure to have credit monitoring. It's worth every penny.

    Megan xxx

    1. OK, I will renew my Lifelock protection on your advice. TBG is as off the grid as it is possible to be, with paper statements and hand written checks and no on-line social media or email presence to speak of; he fuels my anxiety, big time!


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