With all the serious talk of costly data breaches, threats to critical infrastructure and Russian trolls interfering with elections, sometimes it’s helpful to remember that there’s a lighter side to cybersecurity as well. Here are some of the weirdest stories from the past year that hopefully will put a little smile on your face before we have to turn our attention again to the next big threat.
I’m not a cyber expert. But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night: The recently appointed deputy chief of Japan’s cybersecurity strategy office raised a lot of eyebrows this past November when he told his country’s parliament that he doesn’t use computers. Nevertheless, Yoshitaka Sakurada, 69, insisted that he could successfully carry out his job because he has learned to delegate out responsibilities since the age of 25. Sakurada reportedly became particularly confused and unable to properly respond when asked whether nuclear plants in Japan use USB drives. No worries, Yoshitaka. If this gig doesn’t work out, we hear there might be some U.S. Cabinet positions opening up in the near future.
Giving new meaning to “My Twitter account is blowing up: An official with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency caused panic last Jan. 13 after mistakenly pushing out a false incoming ballistic missile alert to island residents. But compounding the problem was that Hawaii Governor David Ige struggled to remember his Twitter password, delaying by roughly 15 minutes his attempt to inform social media users that the alert was a false alarm. “I have to confess that I don’t know my Twitter account log-ons and the passwords, so certainly that’s one of the changes that I’ve made…” Ige told reporters shortly after the incident, according to the Honululu Star-Advertiser and other news outlets. Now we just have to hope that his solution wasn’t changing his password to “password.”
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