A Cold Night At Golden Corral Essay

847 Words Dec 10th, 2016 4 Pages
It is a cold December evening and the Clarke family just arrived home from a lovely evening dinner at Golden Corral. After taking Oscar for a walk and laying the kids down for the evening, the weather app on Mr. Clarke’s phone pops up with a freeze warning for the rest of the weekend. “Honey, it is going to be a cold one Friday and Saturday night! Don’t forget to turn the thermostat up a few degrees!” After they place their heads on the pillow and turn out the lights, their food coma takes over and sends them into a deep, dark sleep. While the Clarke’s are sleeping, a substation for the local power company all of a sudden goes dark. Then, another one in the nearby town of Gallatin goes dark. The people at the power company are frantic – with no control over their own systems, they are only able to sit idly and watch thousands of people lose power on one of the coldest nights of the winter season. Phones are ringing off the hook, nonstop, but no one is on the other line. What is going on? The above story, although containing fake names and a made up background, is based explicitly on real-life events that happened just under a year ago in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Western Ukraine (Zetter, 2016). Leaving over 230,000 residents of Ukraine without power, the cyberattack that caused the outage was the first of its kind – but, some say, not the last. With more and more devices getting connected to the Internet, the Internet of Things (IoT) and its cousin, the…

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