Cybersecurity in the Star Wars universe

Will information ever be 100% secure online? As good as our systems might someday become, they will probably still have countless flaws, especially if they were designed by humans. With it’s Internet-of-Things-attacks and political email leaks, 2016 may be our first taste of what it’s like living in a post-cybersecurity world. Which makes me think a lot about cybersecurity in Star Wars.

Part of Star Wars’s big charm was how it seemed futuristic and retro at the same time. I used to imagine it was a place where different technologies caught on sooner than others, but these days I like to think of it is a world where no digital information is ever considered safe. In a post-cybersecurity landscape, it would actually make more sense to physically send critical Death Star plans through space via an out-of-date automaton than to send them wirelessly. This same mistrust in cybersecurity could also explain the overly complex central computer in Rogue One.

cybersecurity in Star Wars

In Battlestar Galactica, the humans learned the hard way what happens when they get too reliant on inter-connected computers to run their ships. It was Commander Adama’s insistence that the ship restrict itself to more low-tech and manual resources that the ship was able to survive the great Cylon attack. Earlier today, president-elect Trump said “It’s very important, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old-fashioned way” adding “no computer is safe”. The man knows a thing or two about how hackers can throw an election.

So the next time you watch Star Wars and chuckle at the fact that they’ve mastered light speed technology, but still save data on magnetic tape, wonder if that design is remnant of 1970s sci-fi or a well thought precaution in a post-cybersecurity landscape.

cyber security in star wars

 

DIY Darth Sweater

I’m really happy with this quick sweater “hack” I made with an old crewneck sweater and child’s Darth Vader costume that I found at the thrift store. These costumes are really easy to find used, or you can buy one online.

I didn’t do anything fancy, I just cut off the silkscreened chest piece from the costume and sewed it onto the front of the sweater. It looks great and was super easy to make.
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An enamel pin based on Grand Moff Tarkin’s medallion

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Ever spent so much time searching for a thing, that you finally decided to just make it for yourself? I’m a big Star Wars fan and really wanted a high quality enamel pin based Grand Moff Tarkin’s imperial uniform. So I finally made some.

Tarkin is one of my all-time favorite Star Wars characters, and the medallion on his uniform is one of those things that people instantly notice, but can’t quite place where it’s from. A few months ago, I made an illustration and color palette based on this uniform, but I’m super stoked to be able to finally WEAR it.

I’m selling these Grand Moff Tarkin enamel pins on my Gumroad page. You can pick up a copy of my Far Away comic while you are there too.