Though we like to have fun and play-act like the pirates in, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” or the “Dread pirate Roberts” in “The Princess Bride,” in reality piracy has been troublesome and deadly since the dawn of civilization.
Traveling the Roman roads in sandals with a donkey laden with your leatherworks, spices and tin? Pirates can waylay you and take it. Sailing on the seas with a ship full of tapestries, silver and horses from the newly re-discovered Americas? Pirates can board the ship and, and claim the goods. Even large ships that ply the seas with shipping containers full of cars, flat screen TVs and microcircuit components from all over the world hire private security firms toting AR-15s and 50 caliber rifles to fend off pirates in the seas of the 21st Century.
Only one donkey now and then? One Ship? Those were the good ol’ days, because now one pirate, or the group he represents, can cause a billion-dollar data breach, take down an entire municipal government with well-placed ransomware, or weaponize narrow AI to conduct hacking campaigns that do more damage in minutes than a group of the smartest hackers could have done in years.
It is time to learn to think like a pirate to fight the pirates! Arrrrr mates, come t’ Hacker Halted 2019 and learn th’ ways o’ the Pirate!