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Post Number: 353
Best of Black Box? N/A
|Posted on Monday, June 6, 2005 - 9:40 pm: |
Very interesting. It shows the inevitability of inside jobs. It also shows the vulnerability that comes with trusting even highly-trusted staff.
This has implications re: voting machine equiment. It demonstrates the ill-advisdedness of introducing any system which demands more trust of inside staff even in counties as rigorous in their security precautions as Ion Sancho's was. It begs the question, why introduce a system that 1) requires much tighter--and more expensive--security precautions, 24/7/365 with NO exceptions; and 2) that even with this security precaution a trusted insider could still throw the whole system with little or no chance of being caught. Why indeed--unless you wanted to "throw" the system?!
One of my relatives did some work with a computer security company for a couple of years. He told me the vast majority of computer-related crime was from inside jobs. I think the percentage due to insiders was about 75% or more. He also said most of these crimes go unreported because companies do not want to let the public know about their vulnerabilities.