Using powers for good and not evil…second attempt
// Posted by Shirley on 05/29/2015 (7:19 AM)
I have learned from all the readings but one of my favorites is The Code War or a new Cold War. Could someone as intelligent as Aaron Portnoy have found a legal way to enhance his knowledge other than hacking computers? He must have been drawn to the thrill of getting caught. Finding flaws in code that you didn’t create has to be very difficult and with some luck involved, for instance, the students who willingly gave up passwords. I like how he is now using his powers for good as cofounder in Exodus Intelligence. The people creating the code could learn from him.
I truly have mixed emotions. On the one hand, I think that personal data should be protected and only disclosed after full agreement has been reached by all parties as to how much will be gather and by whom. But then, on the other hand, if secret surveillance was not allowed would we be able to effectively identify and prevent the bad guys? I think I was better off not knowing about what governments are doing to each other, seems like flexing muscles to me. Fortunately, some good, other than worry, has come from expanding my awareness, it has enforced that I must be much more cautiously and cross my fingers it helps investing in good spyware.
A few months ago my company was victimized by a cyberattack. Never in a million years would I have guessed that a company as large as Anthem would become vulnerable. We have very good security because a lot of people depend on us to handle their PHI. It took months to uncover and millions of dollars of restitution to gain back the trust of employees and our Policyholders. We outside a lot of our technical work to the Philippines and India so naturally the rumors started flying. The FBI has been investigating this for months and still no word as to who or why. I guess years from now someone will stumble upon the culprit like Murchu did Stuxnet. Nothing is private anymore.
Disclaimer: I don’t know what happened to my post from yesterday but when I view the content after trying to upload pictures it was missing, poof! I had hoped it was a nightmare and when I checked it this morning it would have magically reappeared. Guess not…