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When Computers Attack

Anton tells a funny story on his blog. He quotes David's blog post about the "Dumbest [Security] Seminar Ever":

"Protocols may allow these communications to transmit confidential information, spyware, keyloggers, worms, viruses, and other security threats into and out of your organization"

It always amazes me how much bad information there is out there about security and IT. I recently had a conversation with some people about this article. The people I was debating with were talking about how horrible this is, how it bodes poorly for the future, how sad it is to see a couple at a Starbucks with two laptops, blah, blah blah.

I made the point that they wouldn't have any problem if the couple was sitting at a Starbucks with books instead of iBooks... they just looked at me like I had two heads.

Some day, I genuinely hope that we all understand that computers are very simple tools, with simple (though profound) impacts. And I hope that the culture of FUD around computers (protocols are computer languages for discourse - they're about as dangerous as English) can be overcome by everyone gaining some understanding around the issues.

I think I'm pissy this morning.

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