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Re: Rate Stratfor's Incident Response
From: Ian Hayes <cthulhucalling () gmail com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 09:21:58 -0800
On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 9:57 AM, Benjamin Kreuter <ben.kreuter () gmail com> wrote:
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On Tue, 10 Jan 2012 21:39:07 -0800
Ian Hayes <cthulhucalling () gmail com> wrote:
On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 9:18 PM, Laurelai <laurelai () oneechan org>
On 1/10/12 10:18 PM, Byron Sonne wrote:
Don't piss off a talented adolescent with computer skills.
Amen! I love me some stylin' pwnage :)
Whether they were skiddies or actual hackers, it's still amusing
(and frightening to some) that companies who really should know
better, in fact, don't.
And again, if companies hired these people, most of whom come from
disadvantaged backgrounds and are self taught they wouldn't have as
much a reason to be angry anymore. Most of them feel like they
don't have any real opportunities for a career and they are often
Microsoft hired some kid who hacked their network, it is a safe bet
he isn't going to be causing any trouble anymore.
Are you proposing that we reward all such behavior with jobs? I've
always wanted to be a firefighter. Forget resumes, job applications
and interviews, I'm going to set people's houses on fire.
No, it is more like you see a house on fire, call 911, then clear the
road so that firefighters can get to the house. You know, someone who
is helping the professionals do their job?
Yes. But by Larueli's logic, since I know how to use a Bic lighter,
I'm infinitely more qualified that a trained firefighter. By setting
fire to other people's houses, I'm announcing my intention to join
their ranks, and deserve a job at the nearest station. Nevermind, that
20 people died and hundreds of thousands of dollars of property
damage- if the firemen were true professionals, they would have made
the houses completely fireproof a long time ago, or at the very least
responded and put out the fire before any real damage was done.
Plus, I have a Zippo, which makes me uber-leet.
logic, an arsonist is not only the best person to combat other
arsonists, but due to his obviously unique insight into the nature of
fire, simply must know how best to fight a fire as opposed to someone
who went to school for years to learn the trade.
Unless you are going to give me a proof that no attack on my network
could be successful, you need people who can find their way through the
cracks to evaluate the efficacy of your security system. If the people
you already hired to maintain your security are not able to identify
threats and design systems that are resilient to those threats, then
you need to hire someone else. A security team will benefit from
having someone poke holes in their design.
Anyone who says "you are secure, you are hacker-proof" should be shown
the door. But this is reality. Companies don't WANT to know that the
Emperor is naked. All they want is to fill in the checkbox that says
that they did their due diligence, so they pass their annual audit. If
holes are found, now they have to spend time, money and effort fixing
them, or they lose their insurance/merchant status/some kind of
accreditation. That's why most organizations are happy with some guy
who charges $500/hr to run a Nessus scan and walk out the door. He had
a goatee, and ate all of our donuts, so he must have been a real pro!
Once these businesses start asking for real security professionals and
real assessments, these "white hat" versions of script kiddies will
get weeded out.
Talking about the trust issue, who
would you trust more the person who has all the certs and experience
that told you your network was safe or the 14 year old who proved
This is asinine. WHY would I want to hire someone for a position of
trust that just committed a crime, or at the very least acted in an
The problem is that we have criminalized too much here. If some 14
year old comes to you and hands you supposedly secret documents, he is
behaving very ethically -- he is telling you that you have a
vulnerability, rather than simply trying to sell your secrets to a
competitor. That sounds like a person who can be trusted to work for
you -- someone who could have easily betrayed you, but did not, and who
knew when and how to do the right thing.
One right does not erase a wrong. Strip away the "robbed from the
rich, gave to the poor" mythos, Robin Hood was still a thief, robber
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