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Comment: Re:Blacklist (Score 1) 86

by datavirtue (#49100701) Attached to: US State Department Can't Get Rid of Email Hackers

"they're taking a black-list approach, rather than identifying the security hole that the hacker tool exploited in the first place?"

I think everyone is mind numbingly in a thoughtless black-list approach. I used to work security at a college where I would perform application risk assesments, penetration testing, network analysis, and so on. The help desk, for which I was tier 3 (contacted me when they couldnt figure something out essentially), was constantly removing "viruses." I would have to get involved with removal sometimes because I understood the nature of the various malwares and how they would get a foothold in the system. Anyway, after doing this a few times I would talk with the users trying to get an idea of WHERE they got the virus by tracing their browser history and interviewing them. A majority of the time (mostly academic types) thee people were just on popular news sites like MSNBC or whatever. Their browser history often backed up their stories 100% and these people where not in a place to be browsing privately if you know what I mean and they were not savvy enough to clear their tracks anyway. I always felt the root cause was the most important aspect of removing malware but my boss and "colleagues" never gave it a second thought..."oh...you got a virus...lets try to remove it" was the extent of their thought process.

   

Comment: Re:Exactly! (Score 1) 149

The judge does not want to make a ruling that would set precedent for preserving the privacy of medical data as information the government does not have a right to...a ruling that would eventually be overturned in another case loosely related to medical privacy...like this one.

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