July 24th, 2001, 09:02 PM
I have noticed that www.hackernews.com seems to hate you. Why is this?
Because we've only had the new site up for two weeks and are already
getting more hits than they do, and we're still the point contact for mainstream media when
it comes to security issues, and because we got venture capital, and because I've accused them
of using the standards of tabloid journalists in the past. Or it could just be that they're
jealous of the life size South Park Characters that we have in the corner of our office =/
AntiOnline should be proud of themselves
I saw a story on another website about the
hackers taking control of a British military communications
satellite. The MoD (Ministry of Defense) site had no additional
information, and the story was quickly removed from the website in
question, as far as I could tell. AntiOnline's story, by comparison,
had information on how this might have occurred, and cited an article
in the London Times for me to follow up on.
Thanks. Michael Buonagurio did a great job covering that story. Our traffic
patterns showed us that our readers were interested in that story, so we did the best we could to
cover it as in depth as possible.
I must say, I am a bit impressed with the new site.
I had my doubts at first, but I really like how you are
doing things now as compared to last year. If you have the
endurance to keep things running smoothly, you may really
have something here!
Andrew - CEO Fresh Software
Well, I'm young. Young people are known for having good endurance. I'll
do my best ;-)
I have a comment regarding one of the points raised in a recent
"Back to Basics" article. It was asserted that among the list of bad,
non-secure things users should be discouraged from doing is writing down
passwords. Well, I suppose that's true, but...
I am a user at a large corporation. I have written down 2 pages
worth of my many required passwords and placed them in my desk.
Yes, I have been bad. In addition to my workstation password I have
passwords to networks, servers, websites, databases - all related to my daily
work functions. The list seems to grow daily, and I can't possibly remember
them all. Everyone who has built anything of use seems to have decided it
needs password protection. To compound the problem, many of them expire every
30 days, requiring me to change them, further incenting me to write them down
in an effort not to get locked out of my own systems. I feel forced by the
overall design (or lack thereof) of the system to do this non-secure thing.
When I compare the very, very low probability of someone doing something bad
to my machine at work to the much higher downside of not being able to work
due to a forgotten password, I choose the pencil and paper solution.
I am not alone in this.
There seems to have been little to no thought given to the human factors
engineering issues raised by the proliferation of password requirements.
I think I am correct in saying that today's average users usually respond
to password protection schemes by attempting to defeat them on their own machines.
A new protection scheme which gets the average user back on the side of truth
and justice is very much needed at this time. I don't have the solution, but
I think the problem is legitimate and urgent.
Two words for you my friend, Fingerprint Recognition! Then all you'd
have to worry about is someone sneaking up behind you and cutting off your thumb.
Hello, as a female and an avid reader of AntiOnline, I found it very
disturbing that your opening graphic features only males. Although they
still make up the majority of the security/hacker/computer enthusiast scene,
they are most certainly not the only ones. Women are a growing part of this
scene and deserve to be included just like everyone else. Don't get me
wrong, I get sick of all the political correctness b.s. just like everybody
else, I just think that the share of women who read AntiOnline is large
enough to justify showing some representation by you.
Erica Rettig a.k.a. Zuggie
Hrm. Maybe you're right. Of course, I don't have any
African Americans in that picture either. Erm, no handicapped individuals. No
Chinese either. Maybe I'll try to have someone draw up a picture of a one
legged black women being pushed in a wheel chair by a Shaolin Priest.
I also got a letter from Pitt CIS Staff Member David Schatz. Needless to
say, it wasn't worth the bandwidth to post.