Cyber defence, the real frontier

McTell

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Cyber_Security_Centre_(Ireland)


Based at UCD, we have 20 nerds on our new frontline. Should it be 200 or 2,000? Public service data security is weak and it will cost us plenty.

Plus the cost of kiddies accessing bad stuff now, and suing down the road.

Or, is it mostly another wind-up to give jobs to a new priesthood speaking in strange languages?



https://sisweb.ucd.ie/usis/!W_HU_MENU.P_PUBLISH?p_tag=PROG&MAJR=T146

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/ireland-weak-cyber-security-wide-12015493

https://irishtechnews.ie/full-scale-cyber-war-to-break-out-in-2018-according-to-ward-solutions/
 


farnaby

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Public service data security is weak
So is public service data. Maybe it's the govt's plan to ensure cyber security by making any data that can be hacked inaccurate and fragmented.

But if we get over the "Dublin Castle is watching you" mentality and manage centralised, coordinated databases then yeah, we'll need more of those guys.
 

jmcc

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More bloody clueless conflations in some of that coverage. The Irish government sites were not hacked over the weekend. It was a site that provided a service called Browsealoud that was compromised and all sites that were using the service effectively were getting users to run cryptocurrency coin mining code in their browsers. Many of the other previous hacks on government/Irish sites happened because the websites were using out of date software (old plug-ins for Wordpress and Joomla). Other hacks where customer data was stolen were quite different and may have involved people opening infected e-mail attachments.

The technologically clueless generally see defacements or compromises of websites and automatically think that this is what is meant by buzzwords such as "cybersecurity". It is not. Ireland has a domain name footprint of approximately 450,000 domain names. Of those, only a few percent will be compromised at any given time. Most of those domain names are not used for active websites. Cybersecurity involves a lot more than websites as these articles imply.

As for f*cking press releases and puff pieces masquerading as "news", the real world of "cybersecurity" is far more complex than websites and selling the latest antivirus program or firewall software. The thing that worries me about Irish politicians and cybersecurity is that the politicians, based on past traitorous performances, might decide to sell out the Irish people and their infrastructure rather than protect it. And the threat from within tends to be far more dangerous, in ongoing terms, as the recent prosecutions for official data being sold.
 
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shiel

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Cyber_Security_Centre_(Ireland)


Based at UCD, we have 20 nerds on our new frontline. Should it be 200 or 2,000? Public service data security is weak and it will cost us plenty.

Plus the cost of kiddies accessing bad stuff now, and suing down the road.

Or, is it mostly another wind-up to give jobs to a new priesthood speaking in strange languages?



https://sisweb.ucd.ie/usis/!W_HU_MENU.P_PUBLISH?p_tag=PROG&MAJR=T146

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/ireland-weak-cyber-security-wide-12015493

https://irishtechnews.ie/full-scale-cyber-war-to-break-out-in-2018-according-to-ward-solutions/
Is it the truth that ultimately in the digital age there is no such thing as privacy?

Great article on e-voting by Kathy Sheridan in today's Irish Times.

The blunt pencil and the ballot paper still superior to ************************************g hacking prone e-voting!
 

Erudite Caveman

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Is it the truth that ultimately in the digital age there is no such thing as privacy?

Great article on e-voting by Kathy Sheridan in today's Irish Times.

The blunt pencil and the ballot paper still superior to ************************************g hacking prone e-voting!
When people lived cheek by jowl in one-room hovels and tenements was there more privacy?

Privacy is a 1st world luxury, not something that has been eroded by technology.
 

jmcc

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Is it the truth that ultimately in the digital age there is no such thing as privacy?
Privacy, in a modern society, is a myth.

Great article on e-voting by Kathy Sheridan in today's Irish Times.
Nope. Just the usual Irish Times tripe.

The blunt pencil and the ballot paper still superior to ************************************g hacking prone e-voting!
Why bother manipulating the electorate when it is easier to subvert or buy politicians?
 

shiel

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American media reports that Researchers at Princeton University have shown that they can pick the lock on voting machines in seven seconds.
 

jmcc

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American media reports that Researchers at Princeton University have shown that they can pick the lock on voting machines in seven seconds.
The "security" on the crap, traitorous Fianna Fail e-voting machines was a paper sticker.
 


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