Odd coincidence. The post below discusses an update to Windows 7, to be launched on February 16, which will cause all affected computers to "phone home" to Microsoft on a routine basis. On that same date, even wilder things
will be abroad in cyperspace, as the U.S. national security establishment "war games" a massive cyber attack.
It will be quite realistic, featuring senior intelligence and national security officials, including former directors of intelligence agencies and combatant commands and homeland security advisers.
Participants include John Negroponte, the first DNI, who will be the fictional Secretary of State. (Intel insiders will enjoy this role change.) Ex-DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff will be the National Security Adviser. Fran Townsend, the former White House Homeland Security Adviser, will be the secretary of DHS. Former CIA deputy director John McLaughlin will be the Director of National Intelligence. Other big-name participants include Jamie Gorelick, Stewart Baker, Joe Lockhart and Bennet Johnson.
Of course, most of this will be confined to a circumscribed space in a hotel. I have a reader who is a bit of a "Daphne Moon" type (and don't tell me you've never seen a single episode of Frasier
), who has felt for a long time that something bad is going to happen that day. Snicker if ye will, ye churls -- but wasn't Daphne usually right?
And wasn't there a "war game" scenario underway when the real-world attacks occurred on 9/11?