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Cyber crime - There enough information in the public domain.

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dngroen
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Cyber crime - There enough information in the public domain.

Post Posted: Apr 30, 09 21:03

In light of the recent incident with the BBC's purchase of a botnet and the BBC's argument that it is in the public interest. Whether it is or not is a complex question.

Part of what I would consider public interest is how much information is available to the public relating to a particular subject, in this case cybercrime, and the quality of the information that is available. By quality I mean is it easily understandable to those who are none experts in the field, accurate and none sensationalist.

My question is, in your opinion is there sufficient quality information abaut cybercrime available to the general public, is it too technical, too sensationalistic or too simplistic?
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douglasbrush
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Re: Cyber crime - There enough information in the public domain.

Post Posted: Apr 30, 09 21:29

To broad. So many different areas of concern do to the multitude of available attack areas.  
 
  

Zoidberg
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Re: Cyber crime - There enough information in the public dom

Post Posted: Apr 30, 09 21:29

I find people are apathetic until it affects them, such that their computer gets hit by a virus/hacked etc. I've recently been finding computers with no anti-virus or no active firewall. I imagine the perception is that hackers and the like are more concerned with larger, more financially rewarding systems.

I also read that computers get scanned about every minute for vulnerabilities not long ago, which I found a little surprising.  
 
  

dngroen
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Re: Cyber crime - There enough information in the public domain.

Post Posted: Apr 30, 09 22:16

- douglasbrush
To broad. So many different areas of concern do to the multitude of available attack areas.


Do you mean my question is too broad or do you mean the information available is too broad?

If the information available is too broad, has that impeded peoples perception of the risks?
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douglasbrush
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Re: Cyber crime - There enough information in the public domain.

Post Posted: Apr 30, 09 22:28

Sorry - yes information available is too broad - information overload.

The threats can come in many forms from many directions and often at the same time.

However, my feeling is that it is a matter of people susceptible to social engineering more than anything. Sometimes you are only as much of a victim as you allow yourself to be. I guess I would pose the question in response: do you feel that people do risky things and don't educate themselves and become victims or is it a lack of security on those we trust with sensitive information?  
 
  

dngroen
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Re: Cyber crime - There enough information in the public domain.

Post Posted: Apr 30, 09 22:54

- douglasbrush
do you feel that people do risky things and don't educate themselves and become victims or is it a lack of security on those we trust with sensitive information?


An interesting question. There certainly is an element of perhaps failure for people to educate themselves. Having said that not everyone is capable of understanding the complexities of cybercrime, especially when considering how broad it is. Can people really be expected to educate themselves to such a degree that they can make an informed decision on the risk.

Which is partly why I am interested in the perception of the quality of information available. For example did the BBC help the situation with their investigation or make it worse.
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douglasbrush
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Re: Cyber crime - There enough information in the public domain.

Post Posted: Apr 30, 09 23:20

The BBC situation took a vaild concern and went the wrong direction with it From The Register:
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The exercise, intended to illustrate cybercrime risks, has split security vendors. Many argue that the same issues could have been illustrated in the lab, without interfering with the PCs of innocent victims or sending spam. Kaspersky, AVG, McAfee, FaceTime, Sophos, Sunbelt Software and F-Secure have all come out in describing the exercise as various flavours of misguided, unnecessary and unethical.
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I think this issue has been around for sometime. There was always that ethical hacker line in the sand of demonstrating weakness vs. plain mutual respect for ones neighbors. ie. I can't just go smash all the house windows in my community, steal things and use a line of defense that they should have had a stronger window.  
 

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