Scientists working at Cern, the organisation that runs the vast smasher, were worried about what the hackers could do because they were "one step away" from the computer control system of one of the huge detectors of the machine, a vast magnet that weighs 12,500 tons, measuring around 21 metres in length and 15 metres wide/high.
If they had hacked into a second computer network, they could have turned off parts of the vast detector and, said the insider, "it is hard enough to make these things work if no one is messing with it."
Yanche wrote:The US version of a Superconducting Supper Collider was to be built in Texas. It was canceled by Congress in 1993. See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercondu ... r_Collider
Another short sighted example US investment in research tools needed by scientists to solve the world's energy needs. Do you think it will be American companies and workers that will benefit by its future scientific discoveries? We had our chance an blew it.