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Largest Simulated Cyber Attack To Date 71

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the they-know-how-to-party dept.
Orome1 noted that the government will be running simulated cyber attacks as part of the Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Storm III exercise. It says "The exercise will be controlled from the Secret Service headquarters, where organizers from various agencies will be sending out 'exercise injects,' information that a player will receive that indicates that a certain event has taken place as part of the narrative set up by the organizers. This goes a bit beyond a paper narrative, including fake log data, drives that may contain fake malware, and fake event history, and is dynamic, meaning that it can change dependent on the actions the players take." ...which makes me wonder how effective this test would actually be.

Comment: Re:In the absence a better translation (Score 2, Informative) 442

by fr4nko (#33619366) Attached to: Swiss Canton Abandons Linux Migration

Honestly, I don't really believe in large scale migrations of existing Windows infrastructure to Linux. Large migrations are hard to do at the best of times, always cause a lot of resistance and frustration, and take a long time before they start paying off, if that even happens at all.

I agree 100% with you, large scale migration from Window to Linux are almost impossible. I'm a Linux users since a long time and I'm really happy with it but I'm working in a big international firm and a migration to Linux would be simply impossible. The main reason is that we depends on hundreds of different applications that only works on Windows and was developed with Windows in mind. Some of this application are also of critical importance so you cannot think to replace them without incurring in a huge disaster, the office applications are much more critical in this respect.

Another good reason is that the IT staff only know about windows so to switch to Linux would require to retrain all of them. I'm also sure that many of them will hate Linux for emotional reasons and it will be very difficult to make the transition.

... so your users will simply not be able to do things the way they were used to doing them. This is where you hit your biggest resistance: they will have to re-learn things, which will take time, effort and money. People will get upset, they will hate the new system, and they will complain about it, loudly, and to anyone who will listen. And for good reason: they had a work flow that worked, and then management came and pulled the rug from under them and they had to re-learn things for no good reason.

Again, 100% agree. I've seen that at university, I've tried to convince people to use emacs and I was very surprised of the resistance: they have learnt a basic workflow with windows program and to learn something slightly different was considered highly annoying.

For the other side I would like to add a remarks about Windows. They have been successful to tie almost all enterprise to their specific software stack and they have made the transition to anything else virtually impossible. They have never promoted or adopted standard protocols but they have always created their own specific protocol which is not interoperable with other operating systems. So they have Winsockets that are similar but not quite the same of POSIX sockets, WinThreads that are similar but not quite the same of posix threads and so on.

I Invite you also to note that if we have internet that is based on universal standard protocols like TCP/IP, HTTP and we can use it with any OS, all of this was against what Microsoft was willing to do. They was trying to create their own Window Network with specific protocols and compatible only with windows.

Because of all these reasons all the people that like computer science should avoid MS products. But there is also an economic reason to avoid MS products, they force the enterprise to adopt their non-standard software stack and they are forced to pay all a MS tax, they have no choice.

Francesco

Comment: Re:NOT great news (Score 1) 389

by fr4nko (#32762574) Attached to: EU Plans To Make Apple, Adobe and Others Open Up

Apple is an "abuser" of open technology for the simple reason that they are taking a huge advantage by using the free software that the community has produced over many years and they don't give anything back.

Of course you're right: the BSD license allow that and the GPL license is designed to avoid this kind of abuse but this doesn't mean that this behaviour is not an abuse from the moral point of view.

I believe that the approach of Microsoft is much more honest: they are against the free software and they don't use it in any of their products.

Comment: Re:Leader AND innovator? (Score 1) 243

by fr4nko (#32264692) Attached to: Microsoft Sues Salesforce.com Over Patents
I think that MS have made some minor innovations from time to time but the point is that they have acquired an almost complete monopoly over OS and software market in general by always using *unfair* methods. To my point of view their most unsupportable way of doing is the continuous tentative of silently introduce proprietary protocols/formats to lock the people to their products. If MS it was for Microsoft even TCP/IP will not be used and it would have been replaced by IPX/SPX and not to mention the Office closed formats with the fake XML attempt. And the list could be infinetely long because in every domain MS have attempted to use the same strategy. These are the reasons why I don't use MS products even when they are technically better than the alternatives. For the same reasons I'm happy to use Linux even when, in some cases, you need to accept some limitations. Francesco

Comment: Re:MORE (Score 1) 239

by fr4nko (#32226966) Attached to: Amiga Demonstration Helps Win Against Patent Troll

There simply isn't an easy solution to this. If you abolish software patents, it makes it very difficult for companies to realistically spend millions on development of new concepts and ideas when someone can then just take the ground breaking UI or process etc. If you don't abolish patents, you still end up with the farcical joke that we have now.

Companies that spends millions in software development very often produce crap. Look at UNIX, one of the most successful operating systems. The original plan of AT&T was to develop an ambitious OS called MULTICS but they failed to produce anything and UNIX it was developed after its failure by Kernighan & Ritchie. So the company, with all its million of dollars, failed to produce anything where an handful of smart people succeeded. Real innovations and breakthrough software are almost always produced by smart/skilful people or by very small company. The reason is that in big companies a handful of incompetent managers that does not understand anything takes the decisions and this lead very often to crap products. Also they tend to hire mediocre programmers and never hires really smart people because these latter have often a non-conventional CV. Google is an exception in this world and the explanation is that the work was started and the company founded by two very smart guys that understands very well maths and programming. Big companies only produce craps and they need software patents to protect their very fragile advantages. Francesco

Comment: what a silly choice of programming language! (Score 1) 663

by fr4nko (#32199306) Attached to: Exam Board Deletes C and PHP From CompSci A-Levels
It is really sad to see the list of programming language that they have chosen. Two variants of Visual Basic, it is a joke or they are serious? Like if Visual Basic was a real programming language... And they have removed C, the most important programming language for any programmer. If I were a student I will have very serious doubts about this course.

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