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4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 11, 2017, 11:50 Cutter
 
ForgedReality wrote on Nov 11, 2017, 02:23:
Cutter wrote on Nov 10, 2017, 21:52:
Spot on comment....


"Typical pass the blame for bad design

Yet another self serving line of PR garbage. Take the last sentence:

"90 per cent of attacks begin with someone clicking on an email... We need to protect people from their bad habits," he noted. "

How about you don't make products that can be totally hijacked by opening up an e-mail or viewing a web page.

Calling garbage insecure design from the get go people's bad habits is a bit self serving.

Asking people nicely to please not hack into your insecure products is about the same as asking the burglars to please not open your door and walk out with all your stuff because a good lock is too hard to make or replace."

Doesn't really sound like this person really has any idea what they're talking about. Microsoft and others ARE trying to improve the lock, but sometimes that's not enough. Hackers know well enough to avoid the lock altogether if they can't already pick it open--if a lock exists in the first place. But sometimes that's not enough. Sometimes a good lock doesn't mean shit if the door frame isn't up to snuff. Sometimes crooks will just use a window. Software development is much the same. I'd like to see the kid who made this comment come up with his own genius, know-it-all solution.

You missed the point entirely of what he was saying. These sorts of gestures are useless. They're made simply to score some free PR. Geopolitics and criminal hackers being what they are the notion is laughable at best. If he's serious about security than lead by example. In the context of the analogy that means building a secure home from the outset because simply asking bad guys not to be bad is idiotic, and even more so when they're a bad guy themself.
 
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3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 11, 2017, 02:23 ForgedReality
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 10, 2017, 21:52:
Spot on comment....


"Typical pass the blame for bad design

Yet another self serving line of PR garbage. Take the last sentence:

"90 per cent of attacks begin with someone clicking on an email... We need to protect people from their bad habits," he noted. "

How about you don't make products that can be totally hijacked by opening up an e-mail or viewing a web page.

Calling garbage insecure design from the get go people's bad habits is a bit self serving.

Asking people nicely to please not hack into your insecure products is about the same as asking the burglars to please not open your door and walk out with all your stuff because a good lock is too hard to make or replace."

Doesn't really sound like this person really has any idea what they're talking about. Microsoft and others ARE trying to improve the lock, but sometimes that's not enough. Hackers know well enough to avoid the lock altogether if they can't already pick it open--if a lock exists in the first place. But sometimes that's not enough. Sometimes a good lock doesn't mean shit if the door frame isn't up to snuff. Sometimes crooks will just use a window. Software development is much the same. I'd like to see the kid who made this comment come up with his own genius, know-it-all solution.
 
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2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 10, 2017, 21:52 Cutter
 
Spot on comment....


"Typical pass the blame for bad design

Yet another self serving line of PR garbage. Take the last sentence:

"90 per cent of attacks begin with someone clicking on an email... We need to protect people from their bad habits," he noted. "

How about you don't make products that can be totally hijacked by opening up an e-mail or viewing a web page.

Calling garbage insecure design from the get go people's bad habits is a bit self serving.

Asking people nicely to please not hack into your insecure products is about the same as asking the burglars to please not open your door and walk out with all your stuff because a good lock is too hard to make or replace."
 
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1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 10, 2017, 18:42 RedEye9
 

Best idea to come out of Redmond since Windows 95.
 
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