The Worst Network Security Horror Stories


If there's a law of network security, it is that disasters happen. However, some disasters are worse than others, both because of the causes and the consequences of the error. When the Canadian Air Miles loyalty card exposed subscribers' personal information on an unprotected website directory in 1999, the situation was a horror story both because the privacy of 50,000 consumers was compromised, but also because it was such a stupid error.

"Dumb mistakes are so common, but the problem is that you don't have to be dumb to make a mistake," says Justin Peltier, senior security consultant at Peltier Associates in Detroit. "Once system complexity gets to a certainly level, mistakes are virtually inevitable, and it's the mistake and not the hacker that's going to get you. Even then, defenders have to be right all the time, while attackers only have to be right once." Networking Pipeline | The Worst Network Security Horror Stories

Linked by shanmuga Monday, 19th December 2005 9:10PM