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AnandY
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Re: Lessons of history
AnandY   5/27/2014 1:50:43 PM
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Cyber attacks are the worst things that can ever happen. It brings about a lot of havoc and a lot of data is usually lost when this happens. The cyber attacks usually end up distracting the running business of a company and they bring a lot of confusion. The worst thing about these attacks is that they happen in many forms and you cannot really predict when they will happen. Companies should have better security enforced to ensure that all their important data is kept intact.

bobjengr
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CYBER ATTACKS
bobjengr   5/23/2014 5:32:03 PM
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Excellent post Rob.  Some say I'm paranoid but potential hacking is the reason I have not converted my system to the "cloud".  I even have personal data, financial in nature, on a system not connected to the internet. All of my company accounting is not internet connected.   I have just been "hacked" by the Heart Bleed virus-- enough is enough.  I have had to change most my passwords due to the slugs propagating this mess.  This is after I thought I was protected with a fire-wall, mal-wear protection and virus protection.  It was a long winter.  I think these hacking expeditions are the norm and not the exception.  Again, great post Rob.  

Cabe Atwell
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Re: the dangers of connectedness
Cabe Atwell   5/16/2014 4:59:52 PM
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You can add 'Operation Saffron Rose' to that list as the Iranian Ajax Security Team recently unleashed the malicious proxy software on American defense contractors. 

Charles Murray
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Re: the dangers of connectedness
Charles Murray   5/15/2014 5:26:51 PM
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Well said, David. I agree that novelty and laziness are two of the reasons for connectedness. In corporations, I think it's also a matter of of follow-the-crowd competitiveness. If Company A and Company B are doing it that way, than I must need to do it that way, too, right? In many cases, it seems like it would be a good idea to re-examine the importance of connectness, in light of the potential downsides.  

tekochip
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Re: Lessons of history
tekochip   5/15/2014 12:17:57 PM
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Yea, but I wouldn't call them hackers, I would call them foreign agents.  In this case, it was probably my very own government.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Lessons of history
Elizabeth M   5/15/2014 11:52:47 AM
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Indeed, tekochip, you illustrate a good point--the sophistication of some of these attacks. I think that's what really worried security experts so much about Stuxnet--how targeted and specific it was, and how stealthy. Very troubling that hackers can achieve this level of threat.

bronorb
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Stuxnet Loose?
bronorb   5/15/2014 11:37:11 AM
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From what I've read the Stuxnet virus, a very expensive and detailed joint project by US and Israel, was delivered by a spy using a USB stick into one of the Iranian facilities. Once it performed its task it stayed there hidden for awhile. In the meantime, they think, an Iranian employee inadvertently brought it home on a laptop and it made its way to the internet. The problem is that the programmers did not write any failsafes into the code to lock it down in case it left the Iranian facilities.

They say it's out there now and all it will take is a hacker with the knowledge to break it apart and turn it against... anyone.

rosek
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Re: the dangers of connectedness
rosek   5/15/2014 11:04:46 AM
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@David - You are correct! It's the novelty of those features that makes people want a new cell phone whenever the latest tweak is introduced, not any real need.

I remember the Sci-Fi series Battlestar Galactica, where networks were rarely used because their robots kept hacking them and wreaking havoc. Prescient, perhaps?

jclift
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Re: the dangers of connectedness
jclift   5/15/2014 9:25:53 AM
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The stuxnet worm was inserted into a unconnected system using usb sticks that had wireless transceivers that communicated with a remote base station. Workers at one Iranian facilty went to move a large rock and it eploded and pieces of circuit baors flew all over.

jclift
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Re: the dangers of connectedness
jclift   5/15/2014 9:25:51 AM
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The stuxnet worm was inserted into a unconnected system using usb sticks that had wireless transceivers that communicated with a remote base station. Workers at one Iranian facilty went to move a large rock and it eploded and pieces of circuit baors flew all over.

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