Security Through Begging

from the even-better-than-security-by-obscurity dept

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. Beyond the fact that this is unlikely to have any effect (at all) on file sharing in Japan, it has nothing to do with the actual security breach. It wasn't the use of a file sharing system that was to blame here, but the security setup that allows an outside contractor to hook up his personal computer to the power plant's network without doing any kind of security check whatsoever to see if (a) his computer has malware or (b) his computer has file sharing software -- while leaving top secret documents available for his computer to access. If this is how government officials react to such leaks (taking forever and completely missing the root cause of the problem, while suggesting a solution that is impossible to implement), it's almost amazing that such leaks didn't happen sooner.

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    Kyle Youngblood, 16 Mar 2006 @ 4:10am

    Were is the IT's at

    Just like any Network your have to have someone running it. What is this guy/gal doing to keep these computers from getting on the Network. Does not seem like much other then tell them not to do it, you can see how long that lasted. If your going to implement the idea to not use file sharing, that is going to hard. I see that if they let any computer hook up to the network then they could easy have there system hacked long before this happend. If they are not going to take the time to keep the network system safe then why are they complaning about the leaks. Seem like they need to go there job and not complain about there lack of quaified IT's

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