To any of my generation, Red Sun sounds like a sequel to a terrifying 80s movie about the impossible Soviet occupation of the Midwestern United States. In fact, it refers to the little weather that we had in the UK in mid-October.
There have been several hurricanes of note this season, but Hurricane Ophelia in particular pulled the dust from the Sahara Desert into the atmosphere, where it spread into our skies, blocking the blue light and leaving the short wavelength red.
But October brought another symbolic storm, when allegations of sexual harassment and rape against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein spread in The New York Times. Weinstein has been in a position of power over many women in the entertainment industry for decades, and more and more of them have come forward with allegations throughout the month.
It has raised awareness of how widespread sexual harassment is, with women around the world posting their stories with the hashtag #metoo. Unless you really know any woman at all, you may have seen it in your news feed, because the sad truth is how prevalent sexual harassment is in our society. Meanwhile, Mr. Weinstein has seen his career crash and burn out, and will run for president in 2020.
And another thing that crashed and burned in October was the UK’s position in the Brexit talks. Yes, it seems that the latest flavor of Brexit to (DIS) Grace headlines is “No Deal” Brexit, which will leave the EU without a formal agreement on trade, immigration, international security, or any bilateral treaty. Of which we are part. Because things are going very badly.
The BBC calls it “a chaotic Brexit that will not benefit anyone”, but the self-described “difficult woman” who is our prime minister insists that “no deal is better than a bad deal”. And I thought the Tories were meant to be good at economics.
But if all this is not enough to worry about, it turns out that your Wi-Fi, along with everything else, is in danger of being hacked. In October, researchers at the University of Leuven published a description of an exploitative flaw in basically all Wi-Fi protected access protocols, leaving the Wi-Fi router vulnerable to a KRACK (key reinstallation attack), allowing hackers to use Wi-Fi. Can decode any encrypted information transmitted over. -Fi, which is the vast majority of all information these days. The worrying thing about this is that there is no solution, and it affects every single Wi-Fi router in the world.
The important thing is that so far it is only theoretical. That is, researchers discovered vulnerability and how it can be exploited, but to our best knowledge, no real hacker has discovered or used it yet. I mean, they obviously know about it now, because the research paper tells them everything about it and how to use it. Wait, was publishing such a good idea, guys?