Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Jun 2011 18:49 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Oh boy, what do we make of this? We haven't paid that much attention to the whole thing as of yet, but with a recent public statement on why they do what they do, I think it's about time to address this thing. Yes, Lulz Security, the hacking group (or whatever they are) that's been causing quite a bit of amok on the web lately.
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RE[5]: Bah
by Alfman on Sat 18th Jun 2011 06:07 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Bah"
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"We need to stop idolizing this kind of behaviour. They're not 'tech wizards' or 'security geniuses'."

To be fair, they could be those things, even if we disagree with their judgment.

"Think it's hard to hack into a system and find a single flaw? That's a walk in the park. Try building systems and defenses that can't be broken into, THAT is hard and no it doesn't require hacking skills."

Having hacking skills sure helps though. I'm not sure why someone would think otherwise?

"It does however require understanding of good engineering and security practices but the industry is more interested in the whizbang gadget of the week that will magically solve all your problems or paying 'hackers' to 'pen test' their systems."

You're trying to make a distinction between the skill sets being used for good and bad, but I'm not sure such a distinction can be made.

A university might have a course about computer vulnerabilities and network penetration, but effectively educating students about preventing attacks implies giving them insight into how attacks are executed. The same knowledge which helps foil attacks can be used to maliciously forge attacks.

Maybe they could only teach students to use the attack prevention tools without teaching them the theory behind attacks, however I'd have less confidence in these students being able to do the job of keeping the infrastructure secure - too much can slip by them.

Of course I'm not arguing the attacks are right, but it seems silly to understate their abilities.

If anything, these are skilled people who are probably under-appreciated when using their skills productively, and have turned to an underground culture where they can be appreciated.

I don't have to agree with their choices in order to understand them.

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