Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Sep 2011 22:26 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption So, people from within Iran have hacked the Dutch company DigiNotar, allowing them to issue fake certificates so they could listen in on Iranian dissidents and other organisation within Iran. This is a very simplified version of the story, since it's all quite complicated and I honestly don't even understand all of it. In any case, DigiNotar detected the intrusion July 19, but didn't really do anything with it until it all blew up in their face this past week. Now, the Dutch government has taken over operational management of DigiNotar... But as a Dutch citizen, that doesn't really fill me with confidence, because, well - whenever the Dutch government does anything even remotely related to IT technology, they mess it up. And mess it up bad.
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It's not incompetence in IT ...
by MacTO on Tue 6th Sep 2011 01:25 UTC
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It sounds like the Dutch government's problem doesn't have anything to do with IT. It sounds like they have a problem with how they contract projects out.

Now I don't know how things work in the Netherlands, but there are two problems with how it works in Canada. A huge problem is that bidders underestimate costs, because it is the only way to make a competitive bid. The mentality of outsourcing also means that the government has relatively little technical expertise to evaluate bids, meaning that they are almost dependent upon accepting the bids at face value.

Oh, and thank-you for the transit anecdote. My city is planning to move to a similar system. Ironically, many people can barely figure out how to use the existing system!

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