Christopher Barry on 30 Jan 2015 12:30:05 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Article on 'cyberwarfare'

On Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:18:28 -0500
Rich Freeman <> wrote:

>On Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 2:44 PM, Keith C. Perry
><> wrote:
>> That's not what social engineering means.  The term points to user
>> behavior (or expected user behavior) not skill sets.
>You still have to improve the general climate.  Sure, there are things
>you can do when walking in a city at 8PM at night to reduce your risk
>of getting mugged.  On the other hand, if cities had roving squads of
>military troops that sought out and attacked random tourists, there
>wouldn't be much of a tourism industry.
>Why is it that there are pop-up ads containing malware in the first
>place?  It all comes down to the fact that ANYBODY, ANYWHERE can host
>a website.  Any solution to the security issue is going to have to
>eliminate that ability.  Is the solution worse than the disease?
>Today yes, but if the disease gets much worse I wouldn't be surprised
>if a voting majority starts to think otherwise.
>But, of course users will always have some kind of role in security.
>If you leave your door unlocked some kid is more likely to break into
>your house.  On the other hand, simply locking the door won't
>guarantee that they'll stay out.  The problem is that in the physical
>world you can just move to a nicer neighborhood and greatly curtail
>the number of desirables looking to break in.  On the internet you can
>have some guy who lives in Moscow checking your door to see if it is
>locked 35 times a day.
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