EUROPE - Supercomputers Hijacked

Arno Froese

At least a dozen supercomputers across Europe have shut down after cyber-attacks tried to take control of them.

A pan-European supercomputing group says they seem to have tried to use the machines to mine cryptocurrency.

“A security exploitation” disabled access to the Archer supercomputer, at the University of Edinburgh, on 11 May.

“We now believe this to be a major issue across the academic community as several computers have been compromised in the UK and elsewhere in Europe,” the team said.

Also on 11 May, another attack shut down five supercomputers in Germany.

Others followed elsewhere in Germany in the following days, as well as in Switzerland, and reportedly Barcelona.

They exploited a Secure Shell (SSH) connection, which academic researchers use to log in to the system remotely.

And once inside, the attackers appear to have deployed cryptocurrency-mining malware.

The security team at the European Grid Infrastructure foundation said: “A malicious group is currently targeting academic data centers for CPU [central processing unit] mining purposes. 

“The attacker is hopping from one victim to another using compromised SSH credentials.” 

Jamie Akhtar, chief executive of UK security company Cybersmart, said: “Universities are home to some of the most advanced research projects in the world across many disciplines—including computer science—but they are also notoriously vulnerable to attack if they are connected to the wider university network.”

-www.bbc.com, 18 May 2020

Arno's commentary

These supercomputers are taking over more and more control of finances, commerce, and individuals. It’s no longer weapons of war—fighter jets, tanks, or missiles—but simply knowledge. This knowledge is designed and built for the benefit of those who are responsible for the creation of such. Yet, it is self-evident that as computer science continuously progresses, so does the “malicious group,” who is able to harvest knowledge not available to the public. 

Here we are reminded of Daniel 12:4: “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” While traveling has been restricted due to the coronavirus, it will explode again, and hundreds of millions, even billions of people will be traveling “to and fro,” and science or “knowledge shall be increased.”

In our days, we see the progressive fulfillment toward the ultimate goal: total control of all of humanity. Blessed is he who has anchored his faith in the solid rock of Jesus Christ the Lord.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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