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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RE: It's not incompetence in IT ...
by _txf_ on Tue 6th Sep 2011 09:49 UTC in reply to "It's not incompetence in IT ..."
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A huge problem is that bidders underestimate costs, because it is the only way to make a competitive bid.

That is a problem not just in IT, but everywhere. Particularly in public projects those in charge favour cheap projects over slightly more expensive (but significantly better projects). Invariably this usually means that the cheaper project is either cutting corners or underestimating the costs which either they raise once granted the project, or, produce shoddy work.

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