Cybersecurity: human failure, data leaking and knowledge of it all

Hackers Get Personal Info On 12-Million Apple Users… From An FBI Laptop | Techdirt. 4 September 2012

I like the story in that the FBI spies (illegally probably, and if legally it raises questions of human rights) and the hackers end up with the data. The irony of surveillance done by Government going back to private hands. At least if the hackers just did it to reveal the FBI’s behaviour and not to commit further offences!

the story also raises questions about the need for the FBI to have the dat of 12 million Apple users. I can’t believe that those users are at say 90% offenders. Power of surveillance for what? ending up in a dictatorship?

which also makes the previous post quite relevant: “Humans: Still The Weakest Link In The Security Chain” TechDirt 14 August 2012

and raises the question of knowledge of those incidents. We tend not to know about it, especially if they involve only private companies which do not want to appear unreliable: Cyber incidents reporting in the EU – ENISA report of Augst 2012 http://www.enisa.europa.eu/activities/Resilience-and-CIIP/Incidents-reporting/cyber-incident-reporting-in-the-eu/at_download/fullReport, and for the French post on Euractiv

Advertisements

About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
This entry was posted in Anonymous and Co, censorship, General - Cybercrime patterns, General - Legal/non legal responses to cybercrime, Offences - Hacking (unauthorised access), Prevention - Security, Surveillance. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s