Being safe on the internet (was Re: Here we go again - ISP DPI, but is it interception?)
james2 at jfirth.net
Sun Aug 1 23:27:05 BST 2010
>> The server, as in a dedicated host offering professional services
>> protect itself against anything the "internet" throws against it,
> Except that's both contrary to the law in every other field, and
> incredibly elitist.
Did you read my whole post? And previous messages? I've been questioning
why BT should be able to get police action in this case yet many smaller
companies and private individuals are unable to get police action for
In fact I'd say the tone of my messages was more socialist than elitist,
yet if you'd suggested this it would have been equally insulting.
Thanks also for the selective quoting. Let's fill the gaps a bit:
> The server, as in a dedicated host offering professional services should
> protect itself against anything the "internet" throws against it, with the
> exception possibly of denial-of-service type attacks, which require some
> level of network protection.
- The exception of DDoS is my get out of jail free card for the JCB attack
on my front door.
> I wish the police would be as proactive in investigating fraud using the
> internet as they were in this case. From basic auction seller fraud to
> phishing and in particular the hacking of home PCs.
- Elitist how?
> Large corporations like BT can afford to and should be responsible for
> own server resilience. The police simply should never have been involved.
Large corporations shouldn't need to involve the police for minor
questionable transgressions. Again, how is this elitist?
> However the "little guy" who's home PC comes under daily bombardment from
> vulnerability probes and phishing emails gets very little help from law
> enforcement, even when they attempt to make a complaint(*)
So I'm raising concerns that those who can't afford security are vulnerable.
I'm sorry but I really have to take issue with how my views can be seen as
elitist simply because I suggest that most professional uses of the
internet - especially involving organisations as large as BT - only have
themselves to blame if their servers are vulnerable to common attack
vectors of the kind hinted at in the case under discussion.
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