How Bad Was Imperial Cybersecurity in Rogue One? We Asked Some Experts.

JACOB BROGAN | December 20, 2016

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This post contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But come on: If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already seen it.Late in Rogue One, Grand Moff Tarkin confronts a data breach with brutal efficiency, destroying the entire planet Scarif after rebels steal information from a facility on its surface. Shockingly, this is the second time he’s employed such a tactic to just such an end: Not long before, he anihilates a moon called Jedha in order to cut off a related leak.

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