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Cyber Terrorism or Terrible Code

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Cyber Terrorism or Terrible Code

  1. 1. Cyber Terrorisim or Terrible Code #pyconau - 2015 Aimee Maree Forsstrom @aimee_maree
  2. 2. “We are recovering from a network connectivity issue this morning and restoring regular flight operations.” United Airlines 8th of July 2015 400,000 passengers grounded
  3. 3. In our HyperConnected Modern World What is more of a threat? Which will kill you sooner? CyberTerrorism Or Terrible Code
  4. 4. 1980 - NORAD reported that the US was under missile attack. The problem was caused by a faulty circuit, a possibility the reporting software hadn’t taken into account.
  5. 5. 1983 - Soviet Nuclear early warning system malfunctioned and erroneously reported incoming US missiles Officer in charge decided to follow gut feelings that it was a false alarm
  6. 6. Potentially avoiding World War 3 ??
  7. 7. 1985 - Therac-25 Radiation Therapy Machine delivered a high-powered electron beam with 100 times the intended dose of radiation, delivering a lethal dose of beta radiation one-byte counter in a testing routine frequently overflowed
  8. 8. 1991 – Gulf War Patriot Missile System software had a delay and was not tracking the missile launch in real time, thus giving Iraq’s missile the opportunity to break through and explode before anything could be done to stop. In all, 28 were killed with an additional 100+ injured.
  9. 9. 1994 - Scotland, Chinook helicopter crashed and killed all 29 passengers. Initially the pilot was blamed for the crash However evidence rised that a software error was the actual cause
  10. 10. 2000 - Radiation Therapy planning software delivered different doses depending on the order in which data was entered. This resulted in massive overdoses 5 deaths where known potentially 21 died
  11. 11. 2003 - Race Condition Bug causes blackout across eight US states and Canada affected 50 million people
  12. 12. 2003 - Computer software blunder at St. Mary’s Mercy Medical Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that cost the lives of 8500 patients.
  13. 13. Well on paper anway they where actually alive
  14. 14. Real Deaths by Terrible Code = 78 False Deaths by Terrible Code = 8500 Deaths by CyberTerrorisim = 0
  15. 15. Software will EAT the WORLD Marc Andreessen Wall Stree Journal, August 2011
  16. 16. As Software EATS the WORLD Quality of Code becomes not just important but a nessecity Its not just a website going down there are human lifes at stake
  17. 17. In the olden days Infrastructure was built to have 99.9999999% uptime Modern Containers and MicroServices architecture allows us to design infrastrcture for failure
  18. 18. We need to architect our software for failure We need to accommodate for failures Software Bugs should NOT take a system down Fault tolerant Code Design Patterns
  19. 19. There are Human Lives at Stake
  20. 20. Education is Key Admitting we dont know everything Asking for HELP Learning from Each Other Test Driven Development Continous Quality Control Build Checks into Release Cycles