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The Lesson of Recent Hacktivism 159

Posted by Soulskill
from the don't-piss-off-the-internet dept.
itwbennett writes "LulzSec says they're retired, which may or may not be true. But one thing the world has learned from their 'frightening yet funny escapades is that 'the state of online security stinks,' writes blogger Tom Henderson. LulzSec (and Anonymous) have 'demonstrated that an awful lot of people are either asleep at the switch or believed in arcane security methods like security through obscurity.'" A related story at the Guardian suggests that governmental attempts to control the internet are spurring these activities.
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The Lesson of Recent Hacktivism

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  • Re:I disagree (Score:5, Informative)

    by Triv (181010) on Tuesday June 28, 2011 @11:41PM (#36607594) Journal
    V for Vendetta? Seriously? That quote's from W.B. Yeats: Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, http://www.potw.org/archive/potw351.html [potw.org] Credit where it's due.
  • Re:"Arcane" (Score:2, Informative)

    by carpenoctem63141 (2266368) on Tuesday June 28, 2011 @11:55PM (#36607654)
    Actually, arcane means something is known to few/obscure. So an arcane security method could be interpreted as a security method that relies on obscurity.
  • by jellomizer (103300) on Wednesday June 29, 2011 @07:29AM (#36609568)

    So why would you put less trust in an new hire employee then a contractor. It isn't the contractor fault or choosing a contractor sometimes they can offer really good quality work for less cost then hiring (no matter what the Union propaganda tells you) The problem falls back into management. If you hire a contractor to do the work and especially if you have never worked with them before you really cannot fully trust his code. You will need to audit it, and check it. Just because they do it for a living it doesn't mean they are any good at it? If the company doesn't care about security neither will the contractor. If the company cares about security so will the contractor.

    For a lot of these outsourced companies they are tailored towards low cost. As that is what they wanted, if they wanted higher quality then it will cost them.
    There is a ven diagram for this. You have Cheap, Fast, and Good you can only pick two.

That does not compute.

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