Updated: Jun 1
Professor Peach leaned back on the bunk in his cell and started reminiscing.
“It was 50 years ago now, of course, and so much has changed, but I think the Italian Job was my best work…”
As Peach told the story for the thousandth time, his cellmate closed his eyes and tried to sleep…
“Charlie said: ‘Now listen up! It's a very difficult job and the only way to get through it is we all work together as a team. And that means you do everything I say. And there won’t BE a job or a getaway unless Professor Peach here can come up with a way to gridlock Turin’s traffic.’
I stood up and pointed at the supercomputer control centre: ‘It’s all about this place. It controls everything, all the traffic lights in the city. We take it out and we can bring the whole place to a standstill.
‘I’ll need to get into this centre to swap the magnetic tapes. That will put the malware into the system, and we’ll back it up with gadgets to permanently knock out the cameras. Hours of chaos! But we need to knock out the power to the supercomputer to allow me the time to do the swap.”
Charlie nodded and told us: “I’ll take care of that. A little old-fashioned sabotage at the substation.”
One massive job, car chases in minis across Turin, and a bus hanging off a cliff, and the rest, as they say, is history…”
The cellmate snorted.
“Yeah, you told me. All that guff about blowing the blinking doors off and Croker saying: ‘Hang on a minute lads, I've got a great idea.’
“Still ended up in the same place as us, though, didn’t he?”
The professor sighed.
“True, true. It’s a shame we’ve all been inside so long, though. It’s so much easier to hack a system these days. No need to stop the traffic, just send a phishing email, get them to click on a dodgy link, and you’re in. It’s a malware Christmas! It’s taken all the artistry out of it.”
The cellmate laughed. “Sounds like it’s a good job you are in here these days!”
Peach shrugged his shoulders.
“People like me don’t have it all our own way, you know. There are organisations who have strong cyber security systems, have the ISO 27001 standard for information security management, and consultants to help them. They even use a thing called Mango to ensure they have everything they need to comply with the regulations. Spoils all my fun, that…”
The cellmate grinned to himself.
“A cyber security system you can’t blow the blinking doors off, eh?”
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