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

  • From: Per Heldal
  • Date: Mon Feb 12 06:59:08 2007

On Mon, 2007-02-12 at 10:13 +0100, Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote:
> Sure, just find these few simple things that will actually improve
> security. (My personal one would be "Erase MS-Windows and install
> Ubuntu". If we are ready to inconvenience ordinary workers with
> computer security, this one would be a good start.)

Isn't that like treating smallpox with anthrax?

Consumers are cheap and lazy. What they need is a serious incentive to
care about security. Society holds individuals accountable for many
forms of irresponsible behaviour. There's no need to make exceptions for
computer users. Make computer-owners/users pay in full for damages
caused by their equipment with no discount for incompetence. Insecure
products might then be considered inappropriate for public consumption
and that would be a powerful signal to the IT industry to change their
ways. Maybe the market also finally would challenge the validity (or
even existence) of std.disclaimer statements common in today's software


Per Heldal -