Noted security specialist Bruce Schneier is sponsoring a contest on his blog for people to come up with the most ridiculous yet plausible movie-plot security risk. The winner gets a free copy of his book “Beyond Fear”, and maybe even the chance to discuss their idea with a real-world movie producer…
From his site: “It is in this spirit I announce the (possibly First) Movie-Plot Threat Contest. Entrants are invited to submit the most unlikely, yet still plausible, terrorist attack scenarios they can come up with.
“Your goal: cause terror. Make the American people notice. Inflict lasting damage on the U.S. economy. Change the political landscape, or the culture. The more grandiose the goal, the better.
Assume an attacker profile on the order of 9/11: 20 to 30 unskilled people, and about $500,000 with which to buy skills, equipment, etc.”
My favorite idea is this one by another_bruce, as I’ve always found the IRS to be the weakest link in this country’s agency chain:
to kill the united states, you need only kill its one critical agency – the one that did not have a soviet counterpart during the cold war – the one that collects the means by which our government operates – the internal revenue service.
you do this by flooding the mails with fake tax returns over the next two weeks. use as many real names and social security numbers as you have access to, then start making them up. claim large income on some, random refunds on others. 10 fake returns in the system for every real one and they will have to shut down until they figure out what’s happening.
Seriously, check out all the plots ideas. It nearly crashed my Firefox browser the page was so big, but it’s kinda like watching an episode of Revolution Roundtable.
If I were to suggest a corollary discussion, what do you guys think would be the most realistic “movie plot” for an actual revolution in this country? Extra points for zero bloodshed/innocents killed.