• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 9. Viruses, Trojan Horses, Hoaxes (Spies and Saboteurs in the Villag...

Chapter 9. Viruses, Trojan Horses, Hoaxes (Spies and Saboteurs in the Village)


Now that John’s village is defended and a nice thriving economy is booming in his town, what is left to do but sit back and enjoy? That would be nice, but it’s not quite that easy. Enemies of the village can’t attack by force now because John is prepared for that, but they can use subtlety and subterfuge. Spies and saboteurs can still attack the village and cause problems. Because these spies move through the village unseen, they represent a more difficult security problem than a direct attack. At least a direct attack announces itself. John would be able to see the armies massing, could watch their movements, and could respond to those pieces of information accordingly. But the spy or saboteur is a different threat entirely.

These enemies look and act like anyone who would normally be traveling through the village, even buying goods and visiting local spots of interest. They might come as peddlers, offering a service, or as entertainers. Once inside the walls and the security restraints, however, the spies can begin to do damage. Sometimes this damage is so slight that the town might not notice right away, or they might not suspect that incidents are related. But if left unchecked, these spies and saboteurs can destroy the village without firing a shot, or they can create enough disturbances that John will be unable to defend the town against the attack.

What can John do about these threats—the ones he can’t see or hear until they’re causing problems? The answer for sure isn’t easy, but let’s look at the options. We have already discussed John’s layered security. He has extra deputies in the more sensitive areas and requires credentials before anyone can get in. Those sensitive areas are isolated from less secure areas wherever possible. Additionally, the lookouts watch for suspicious activity in an attempt to prevent harm to the town’s resources or defenses. Combining all these security measures with active monitoring might seem to be the best John can do. But he has an additional point in his favor: He has some spies and saboteurs working for him too. The old saying “It takes a thief to catch a thief” holds true for catching such deceptive attacks. John hires spies to constantly update the sheriff about what is at risk, how the threat might be carried out, and signs to look for to identify an attack early. John’s spies might even have information about specific people and the techniques they plan to use so the sheriff can check out those people.

The bad news is that if a totally new spy with a totally new technique appears, that new spy will probably not be caught. Then all John can do is try to contain the damage. With layered security, John can prevent serious losses, but he can’t catch everyone. Luckily, he has one final, very effective tool in his arsenal: cooperation. John can talk to trusted neighboring villages and allies to gather and share information. He can talk to professionals who spend their days tracking and catching spies. He can keep lists of information about similar activities in different locations. By doing all this, John can put together a quick picture of new activities and threats and shut them down by early detection, limiting the overall damage.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint