How secure is secure?

by Lee Hopkins on December 22, 2005

in miscellaneous

How secure is secure? This would be incredibly funny, in an ironic way, if it wasn’t so terrifying.

Two incidents, reported in a cross-linking bloggy sort of way by IT BlogWatch, highlight how flimsy is our delusion that the defeat of the Clipper chip was the start of us regaining a sense of privacy.

Firstly, the leading provider of hacker-finding software gets hacked (they store the data unencrypted???), and a stack of personal material about FBI, Secret Service and NYPD folks goes walkabout; then ABN Amro announces a data tape with 2 million customer details on it goes walkabout as well.

Having read Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress a few months ago, my own sense of digital paranoia has been heightened. Today’s read of events I was not previously aware of do nothing to alleviate my nervousness.

If a blog post can come back to haunt you and your job/romantic prospects years later, what hope do you have when hackers can expropriate your identity and life?

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