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Re: Its not just Spam and DDOS anymore (was Re: OT: Re: User

  • From: Paul Vixie
  • Date: Sun Jul 27 15:11:14 2003

> ] Firewalls can't stop it, ISPs can't stop it.  Its a *HOST* security issue.
> I'll slightly modify that statement; it is a *PEOPLE* issue.
> People who write code.  People who use systems and networks.
> People who abuse all of the above for monetary gain.

I think I agree.  Hosts will be weak, especially when there's a dominant and
homogeneous platform (so, vulnerabilities are more compatible/portable than
they would be if we lived in a more heterogeneous world).  But people, ahhh,
yes, people, will be even weaker.

I've been trying hard to stay out of the privacy/authenticity field, because
there's so much inertia to be overcome (patents, false starts, etc) but it
seems to me that computers and networks, with all their cryptogoo and mega-
computrons, should be able to make the average human's privacy better --
but so far they've only succeeded in making it worse.
Paul Vixie