Astrophysics Colloquium: Dark Matter and Cyber Security

Dark matter and cyber security: how could it be possible to bring together two such unique topics? Dr. Jon C. Haas came to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus to explain just that.

Starting with a little history, Dr. Haas explained that the first cyber security breach was in World War I when radio signals were first intercepted. Parallel to this first attack was the discovery of dark matter by Fritz Zwicky.

In World War II, the Enigma Machine was created to help keep systems safe from opponents. At the same time, physicists were calculating the speed of traveling stars from Galaxy M1 using the Enigma Machine.

In the early 1970s, the first virus hit the Internet. Called the “creeper,” the virus put a statement on the users’ screen that said, “I am a creeper, catch me if you can.” The first real threatening hackers hit TRW Information Services in 1984, which caused 90 million credit histories to be put at risk. This event is still ranked as the fourth largest hacking scandal in the world.

So, what are the parallels? With technology becoming an even greater presence in the world, cyber security is becoming a greater concern. It always needs to be improved upon. Can greater research into dark matter possibly affect how cyber security is conducted? Are there more particles out there that we can’t see? These, and many other questions, will be continuously asked.

Both cyber security and dark matter are always evolving, and with the help of computers, research can be done much more quickly.

 

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