Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Podcast: Crypto-Gram 15 February 2008: hackers have in fact successfully penetrated and extorted multiple utility companies that use SCADA systems

from the Feb 15, 2008 Crypto-Gram Newsletter
by Bruce Schneier

* Security vs. Privacy

How much privacy are you willing to give up for security? Can we even afford privacy in this age of insecurity?

Security and privacy are not opposite ends of a seesaw; you don't have to accept less of one to get more of the other.

Benjamin Franklin: "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

It's also true that those who would give up privacy for security are likely to end up with neither.

* Anti-Missile Technology on Commercial Aircraft

Attaching an empty box to the belly of the plane and writing "Laser Anti-Missile System" on it would be just as effective a deterrent at a fraction of the cost.

* Lock-In

Computer companies want more control over the products they sell you, and they're resorting to increasingly draconian security measures to get that control. The reasons are economic.

* Hacking Power Networks

In the past two years, hackers have in fact successfully penetrated and extorted multiple utility companies that use SCADA systems.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been extorted, and possibly more. It's difficult to know, because they pay to keep it a secret.

This kind of extortion is the biggest untold story of the cybercrime industry.



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PS: this is my cheat sheet of Bruce Schneier's Podcast:
http://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram-0802.html

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