Truth About Computer Security Hysteria
Random thoughts about the Yahoo! hack
Friday, 19 December 1997
RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT the
- Yahoo! apparently didn't highlight the "urban legends/computer viruses" category on their default search pages after the hack. So much for giving people a useful reality check...
- It sounds like the perpetrators hacked first and then decided what to do. "We got in! Um, now what?" This means Yahoo! got off easy. Let's face it: the DoJ/CIA hacks showed better planning.
- How would you feel if the whole world knew you by reputation — but didn't know you by name? Now you know how the Yahoo! perpetrators must feel right now. (Read this.)
- The perpetrator(s) claim a virus antidote resides on a computer somewhere in the "southeastern hemisphere." Can you point out this area on a globe? (Hint: this is a trick question, courtesy of Jimmy Kuo at Network Associates.)