In the new original video series Kernel Panic, Mashable and PCMag dive deep into the worst cybersecurity breaches of all time. Watch episode one now.
The misuse of technology is the digital age’s darkest danger. Bad actors, emboldened by our inability to properly secure crucial systems and networks, are launching increasingly sophisticated attacks. No system is safe.
In the new original video series Kernel Panic, Mashable and PCMag dive deep into the worst cybersecurity breaches of all time. The premiere episode, embedded above, takes viewers back to the very beginning: the groundbreaking malware known as the Morris Worm.
Computers initially inspired utopian visions of a better future, a world in which we were all digitally connected to one another and living in harmony. At Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, programmers were developing high-speed networks that allowed computers to communicate with one another. It was the birth of the internet, and programmers pushed the limits of the imagination. But no one in Palo Alto could’ve imagined how bringing computers together would allow one bad actor to tear the system apart.
In 1988, groundbreaking malware known as the Morris Worm spread across global networks, causing significant outages and worldwide panic. It opened the world’s eyes to unforeseen vulnerabilities, planting the seeds of public mistrust that have grown for decades and, today, are flourishing.
Kernel Panic is an unsettling and eye-opening examination of the dramatic moments that shaped the digital world as we know it. Watch episode one now.