Truth About Computer Security Hysteria
Movie raises computer virus threat to new levelRob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Sunday, 16 May 1999
I RETURNED FROM the theater after seeing Black Mask, one of the better action films to come out of Asia this decade. Relatively speaking, of course. (Martial artists may notice some fighting similarities between this movie and The Matrix. Woo-ping Yuen worked on both films. But I digress.) If you decide to see Black Mask, keep your eyes peeled for the computer virus upload scene. Did you know a virus can wreak havoc during the upload process itself? Did you know a complete computer network will operate perfectly in a damp, festering sewer tunnel?
Come to think of it, this might explain why Asia fell victim to the CIH virus last month. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) I apologize to the other 17 movie patrons (including my wife) who put up with me when I screamed "pull the [censored] plug!" during the virus upload scene.