November 23rd, 2014

Security through begging

From TechDirt and Schneier:

Last summer, the surprising news came out that Japanese nuclear secrets leaked out, after a contractor was allowed to connect his personal virus-infested computer to the network at a nuclear power plant. The contractor had a file sharing app on his laptop as well, and suddenly nuclear secrets were available to plenty of kids just trying to download the latest hit single. It’s only taken about nine months for the government to come up with its suggestion on how to prevent future leaks of this nature: begging all Japanese citizens not to use file sharing systems — so that the next time this happens, there won’t be anyone on the network to download such documents.

Yeah, that’ll work. Good thing he didn’t beg the rest of the world to do the same, otherwise we’d have to find a new place for our Japanese nuclear secrets. Why did it take them nine months for a response of “uhm, please?

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