Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Er, look at the expiration date on the side of the package? 

'Explosive Cold War Trojan has lessons for Open Source exporters' - headline, The Register.

Actually, this is a very interesting article that describes a largely successful American attempt to undermine the Soviets with software:

Thomas Reed's At The Abyss recounts how the United States exported control software that included a Trojan Horse, and used the software to detonate the Trans-Siberian gas pipeline in 1982. The Trojan ran a test on the pipeline that doubled the usual pressure, causing the explosion. Reed was Reagan's special assistant for National Security Policy at the time; he had also served as Secretary of the Air Force from 1966 to 1977 and was a former nuclear physicist at the Lawrence Livermore laboratory in California. The software subterfuge was so secret that Reed didn't know about it until he began researching the book, 20 years later.

The things we didn't know continue to astound.


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