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RE: Every incident is an opportunity (was Re: Hackers hit key Internet traffic computers)

  • From: Gadi Evron
  • Date: Sun Feb 11 13:49:35 2007

On Sun, 11 Feb 2007, Sean Donelan wrote:
> On Sat, 10 Feb 2007, Stasiniewicz, Adam wrote:
> > Sean makes a good point, but there is one small problem with his
> > suggestions.  He is preaching to the choir.
> Just trying to get the choir to sing on key.  Of course, I know the choir
> will probably spin off singing 18 different songs.
> Local interest.
> The next security incident, can the security experts in the US talk about 
> what US readers can do.  Experts in Europe talk about European readers can
> do.  Experts in China, Australia, India, Brazil, Antarctica talk about 
> what readers in those areas can do.
> I have no idea when, where or what the next incident will be, but can 
> guess it will involve the usual problems.
> Turn on automatic update, turn off services you don't use, don't believe
> everything you read on the net.

Preaching to the choir indeed, only the choir is not the users.

The Internet is not a secure place and we can force no one to secure their
computers. We can throw them off our networks if they don't, as they cost
us more than they pay.