BA Hack Shows That Our 20th Century Methods Have Produced A Fragile Digital World

While there’s little information about the actual technical details of the British Airways hack, there are many significant things that it already highlights. The chaos, for example, around the reporting of the incident has left many unsure about its scope and the risks that we now face.


We need to move to a digital world which is secure by design, and the integration of proper encryption is the move towards that. Our problem is that we are using 20th Century protocols and methods, and just patching them as we go. This is not building a new world, but taking an existing world and making it digital.

Professor of Cryptography. Serial innovator. Believer in fairness, justice & freedom. EU Citizen. Auld Reekie native. Old World Breaker. New World Creator.

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