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Stealing Silicon Valley 139

Posted by Soulskill
from the getaway-car-and-a-pocket-full-of-flash-drives dept.
pacopico writes "A series of robberies in Silicon Valley have start-ups feeling nervous. According to this report in Businessweek, a couple of networking companies were burgled recently with attempts made to steal their source code. The fear is that virtual attacks have now turned physical and that espionage in the area is on the rise. As a result, companies are now doing more physical penetration testing, including one case in which a guy was mailed in a FedEx box in a bid to try and break into a start-up."
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Stealing Silicon Valley

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  • strange article (Score:5, Insightful)

    by schneidafunk (795759) on Friday October 11, 2013 @12:36PM (#45102511)

    It goes from corporate espionage to some guy stealing credit card numbers as a 'hobby'.

    I work at a major corporation that has security cards to get into the building and my computer is password protected with an encrypted hard drive & a physical lock on the computer. Are security guards with guns really necessary?

  • Re:strange article (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Friday October 11, 2013 @12:41PM (#45102581) Homepage Journal

    It goes from corporate espionage to some guy stealing credit card numbers as a 'hobby'.

    I work at a major corporation that has security cards to get into the building and my computer is password protected with an encrypted hard drive & a physical lock on the computer. Are security guards with guns really necessary?

    A security-minded person would say 'yes, because security guards with guns deter threats that locks and passwords do not.' If your valuables are really that valuable, then there is no such thing as too much security.

    Of course, the article is mainly focused on start-ups who rarely focus on security, not large corporations who have years experience at deterring the bad guys.

  • Re:strange article (Score:4, Insightful)

    by AJH16 (940784) <aj AT gccafe DOT com> on Friday October 11, 2013 @03:05PM (#45103933) Homepage

    Actually, the people taking shortcuts should be educated on why not to take shortcuts and the procedures reviewed to see if they can be improved. Overly burdensome security will harm moral and could possibly increase the chance of an internal breach, which is always the biggest risk since the people inside are supposed to have at least some access.

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