29 Jan '13, 8am

Don't shoot the messenger, and do thank the hackers

Among the rules at Los Alamos was one that said people with safes had to change away from the default setting. Rather than enforce existing security rules once his activities had been discovered, the powers-that-be banned Feynman from being near safes. They had failed to see the wood from the trees. Gary McKinnon is said to have hacked into US government computers. In response, the US Government has attempted to throw the book at him. If he did hack his way in, he did the US Government a favour because he exposed a poorly secured route that could have been exploited by an enemy. You can see that by over-reacting so much, the US Government is trying to scare off other would-be hackers, and to cover its own embarrassment. But wouldn't it be better to award prizes to people who find weaknesses? Because as sure as eggs are eggs, other governments are trying to hack into US gov...

Full article: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/blogs/engineer-in-wonder...

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