If there is a senior statesman among technology writers in the PC era, John Dvorak is it. He’s often been wrong in his predictions (“The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a ‘mouse’. There is no evidence that people want to use these things.” San Francisco Chronicle, 1984) but he’s also been right on the money quite often.
In the piece above he hearkens back to the early days of modem hijacking and the mayhem it caused for some unsuspecting BBS (bulletin board systems) users and compares it to scenario wherein users of NFC-based payment systems experience similar pandemonium once their person financial accounts are compromised. While this is technologically feasible I personally think that there is a lot more attention today on mainstream consumer data privacy and information security than in the 1980s when the BBS user population was a relatively fringe group and modem hijacking was even then a relatively rare occurrence.
What do you think?
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