Noir 2021: a descent into the deep web with Umberto Rapetto

Organized crime does not always make use of the latest technologies to criminalize and unleash cyber attacks. Nunzio TENORE

In this morning's Noir, Gen. Rapetto guided us speleologically into the depths of the dark web, opening one of the 65,536 holes called network doors. There is no doubt that he knows them one by one and that he has practiced them all. He did well to point out not the sensationalist aspects (the refrigerators that talking to each other in the IoT will send us, oh jokers, 200 kg of butter each) but the connections of the criminal activities or otherwise inconfessable, which take place in that darkness, to the distortions of our institutional defensive approaches and technological opportunities. It is interesting to note that, contrary to what we commonly imagine, it is not certain that the evildoers or deviants make use of the latest technologies. Indeed, it is much safer for them to use old gadgets and applications whose compatibility and decryption have been lost. I remember that regardless of the dark a few years ago the Post Office went haywire due to an old COBOL CICS system encapsulated in Windows but unusable due to memory loss, as in Garcia Marquez's Macondo. The General made us reflect on the fact that today's underpaid young researchers can recruit themselves into the ranks of the crooks, ready to become the enemies of tomorrow. The cloud is being configured as a re-edition of the old IBM 370 systems with 3270 neroverdi terminals: in the circularity of the time, we had detached ourselves from the central brains bringing us the knowledge on the hard disks of PCs or departmental, now, as in a paradoxical Escher scale, let's go up and go back to the previous point. Gradually the discussion moved to catastrophic scenarios. Indeed, the pincer squeeze between AI and the dark web is fatal in itself. Already today there are machines capable of simulating behaviors, of defining elusive and even mendacious patterns. When the first crime-leaning bot kicks in (if it does) it will be a pretty sight. If it will: because life itself has its own defenses, its Fourierian dampers. Total lawlessness suits no one, Hobbes made it clear. Much more tangible is dissemination via the IoT. In the automotive sector, everything is now sent to the web and there have already been cases of hacking of patches to the electronic lighting system of a leading German company. In the digital car, especially in the AV's, there are dangerous uncovering areas. “For them branches”, reasoning darkly, we come to cryptocurrencies. Someone talks about bitcoin which is the good-natured one because it is tied hand and foot to the austere blockchain. but there are 9000 (nine thousand). The European and national institutions are in slow motion. Virtual currency is as complex and immaterial as ever. It is not tangible, it has no location, and it seems made to regulate the business of digital basements.