Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


Who’s responsible for this?

Filed under: Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Geek Work,News and Current Events — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning or 7:28 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

Me, or my provider?

When a hacker does something to someone on the Internet, who’s responsible? Just the hacker? What about the company that supplied him with bandwidth? Or the company that supplied the computer that he compromised to effect his hack? If you haven’t thought about this, you probably should. This article on Wired News talks about that some. It’s a couple of weeks old, but still quite relevant.
See, it’s like this. The Feds are cracking down on security. Or, at least, they allege they will be soon. In any case, there are a number of bills and suggestions and commissions and whatever else the government uses to get things done floating around out there talking about making executives who’s companies don’t secure their networks liable for the damages done. Neat, huh? Say, are your security patches up to date?

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