This is a post series on cyber crime. For more posts click here or the cybercrime tag below.
Last week, I posted Karl Denninger’s rant on how MS and Apple had dropped the ball on computer security. The fact is that the current ransomware epidemic is the result of a four decade denial to understand that this problem even existed. Having had Windows 10 installed on the computer and using it for the last couple of months now I don’t see much effort to take things in the direction I think that the way things are going are going to force them to go.
Frankly this should have been considered a long time ago. We’ve all been spoiled and it’s not as if Hacking and computer security hasn’t been an issue. Yet none of the OS providers, including Linux seem to have invested much effort into creating the tools that make it easy to partition and protect drives and partitions from open access. That needs to change. There need to be tools installed and easily accessible to allow users to partition and separate data from the network access. These days computers are storing immense amounts of irreplaceable personal and corporate data that can be read or destroyed by any Tom Dick or Harry that gets access to the machine. It wasn’t that way before the PC, there’s no true reason, other than “we’ve always done it that way” to set up a system so that it’s not secure.
How might this be done? Well the old Unix system was set up so that individual spaces could be secured. If people want to know what can be done to partition and fence data so that it can be secured, that’s where I would start. Get a 1990’s vintage copy of BSD UNIX and play with how it works.
The fact is that unless resource access control becomes THE issue in the next round of OS updates, we will ALL be held for ransom. There’s no way the security firms can keep up with the infiltration efforts that the cybercriminals come up with and without being able to fence data, the users are going to be helpless.