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Does The Recent Rash of Cyber Attacks on High-Profile Institutions Tell Anybody ANYTHING???

Date/Time Permalink: 06/12/11 12:33:18 pm
Category: General

Let's take some inventory. The latest attack is against the IMF, the International Monetary Fund which acts as kind of an overseer of the industrial world's economic activity. They just got hit.

As the article goes on to list, that's only the latest breech. There's Sony Playstation accounts (which I just mocked here), aerospace defense contractor Lockheed Martin's network, North American Citibank, an email database (Epsilon, an email marketing firm) related to BestBuy and Target, and an attack perpetrated through Gmail.

In most cases, it seems that the cyber-attacks which are successful at penetration do so using the same dumb old trick we've been seeing since the 1990s: sending an email to a clueless user with a malware attachment and getting the dumb user to open it, infecting themselves and compromising the network they're running on. Or sending a phishing email to a clueless user who clicks on the link and gleefully types their account numbers into the dupe webpage.

What have I been preaching for years?

COMPUTING EDUCATION!

DON'T DUMB COMPUTERS DOWN, SMARTEN USERS UP!

OPERATING SYSTEM SECURITY MATTERS!

WE DON'T NEED USER-FRIENDLY COMPUTERS; WE NEED COMPUTER-FRIENDLY USERS!

OPEN SOURCE SYSTEMS PROMOTE COMPUTING EDUCATION!

Instead, those of us who advocate computing education and computing liberty get ignored year after year, and now we get to stand here watching the world burn while we still point to the fire hose that could have put it all out.

Wheee! Isn't this fun? Who brought the marshmallows?

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