After reports of major delays in airports due to a computer issue affecting United Airlines, the New York Stock Exchange and the Wall Street Journal all suffered from cyber problems. All at this point have been explained away by the companies themselves as technical problems, not cyber breaches.
Then there’s this, tweeted by the Anonymous newsfeed, @YourAnonNews, just before midnight on July 7:
Wonder if tomorrow is going to be bad for Wall Street…. we can only hope.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) July 8, 2015
This looks at first like a subtle nod at some kind of action to come, something YourAnonNews might do, but some who learned of YAN’s tweet after the tech issues struck had a different take:
I’m interpreting YourAnonNews tweet differently. I think they just meant greek/china chaos. They usually say “tango down” if it’s organized.
— andréa lopez (@bluechoochoo) July 8, 2015
Ms. Lopez’s take doesn’t feel like a stretch, either.
Writing about crime and cyber crime over time I came to realize that a vivid imagination can serve writing about true events by sparking lively prose, but it can be troublesome once you start trying to sleuth or guess about whatever you’re covering. The little dramatist in my head tries to take over and turn real world events into a suspense novel. And sometimes the real world is mundane. There are coincidences. Machines fuck up. People write faulty software.
I’m trying to blog more, just about things that interest me–news, crime, cyber crime, unsolved mysteries, cold cases, missing people, history, fitness–but as I do I become aware of the way some of my thinking has changed since I did it every day as a job and for myself. One of those changes is accepting that sometimes there really isn’t any drama there (wherever there is at that time). At least no more drama than the usual theater of things falling apart. As they do. [WSJ]