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Internet, Unix en security

Someone Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet

Bruce Schneier has an interesting article about a development that brings back memories from when Stuxnet was discovered.

Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet. These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. We don’t know who is doing this, but it feels like a large a large nation state. China and Russia would be my first guesses.

This may be in line with some findings that a new larger team is developing malware and exploits for an international scale. It also urges a lot of parties to take security more seriously and not only go for compliance. It also may put the announcement from GCHQ about the great British firewall in a new light.

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Internet, Unix en security

Eric Schmidt on Privacy

Bij het lezen van de CRYPTO-GRAM van 15 december 2009 kwam ik de volgende quote van Eric Schmidt tegen:

I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don’t
want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first
place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is
that search engines — including Google — do retain this
information for some time and it’s important, for example, that we
are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is
possible that all that information could be made available to the
authorities.

En hoewel dit natuurlijk niet alleen voor Google geldt is dit wel een indirecte bekentenis van Google aan hun gebruikers dat hun data zal worden gebruikt. De vraag is misschien of dit ook geldt voor betalende klanten, maar het antwoord weten we misschien al. Kunnen we nog zonder Google, Yahoo of Microsoft?