June 28th, 2011, 12:05 PM #1
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Human Errors Fuel Hacking as Test Shows Nothing Stops Idiocy
Human Errors Fuel Hacking as Test Shows Nothing Stops Idiocy - Bloomberg
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security ran a test this year to see how hard it was for hackers to corrupt workers and gain access to computer systems. Not very, it turned out.
June 28th, 2011, 12:32 PM #2There’s no device known to mankind that will prevent people from being idiots.
November 6th, 2011, 05:46 PM #3
clever little quote that makes me look intellectual
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November 7th, 2011, 01:44 PM #4
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Any one surprised? LOL.
I used to find more sensitive stuff dumpster diving than anything else. Now that I'm a professional (hehe YA RIGHT! ok... older) I still find stuff lying around the office or in parking lots.
Tell me this... ever have a technician come to your house and leave stuff behind? Screw driver? Cool flash light? The cable guy came yesterday and left a book full of customer invoices, tips and this cool doohicky for testing bandwidth (I have no idea what this is but it looks really cool). When I called him to ask if he wanted any of this back (lol) he told me, "It never happened... ok?"
Ok. That's nice Mr. Cable Guy. Don't admit you screwed up and you won't have to explain it to your employer but meanwhile you left sensitive information at my house! I threw out the paperwork (obviously not his tips), but still... people have a problem admitting they made a mistake.
Realistically speaking it's no wonder to me why you have these giants - like PayPal or Amazon - being "hacked" (although I don't really consider defacing a website "hacking" in any real kind of way since I could guess randomly generated web server passwords and run a rainbow table brute force cracker easily without giving it much thought). Some people need to get with the program. At least get a damn diamond paper shredder that supports credit card shredding. Geez.
Great article! Highlights the importance of correcting one's mistakes and being safe instead of walking around life with one's head in the clouds.
Edit: As I write this I'm reminded of those county dumps where you deposit your computers. I find lots of stuff there (I know it's locked but not during off-business hours when PCs, etc, are placed near the areas). You can find the coolest stuff in there (and I'm talking about hard drives that are in tact too with lots of information). I format the HDs and flash drives, etc - honest - but some steal all that. Attorneys. Banks. To cut costs instead of hiring incinerator services a lot of time they'll throw important things out.
I know by law you are supposed to use county dumps for electronics (at least here in NY) but please think otherwise or at least learn how to destroy your hardware properly!!
Last edited by Interrupt; November 7th, 2011 at 01:49 PM.“Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game because they almost always turn out to be—or to be indistinguishable from—self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.” ― Cryptonomicon
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