The Fragility Of Systems And The Need For Backups

DSC_2283As system get more complex they get more fragile.  That is definitely the case when it comes to computer and information systems.  I found that out again last Friday.  Now as of now, I don’t know if what happened to my main computer is a hard drive failure or a corrupted update.  At this point it’s hard to tell and it’s going to be some work to figure out what.  My big mistake this time was not making a Windows 10 boot disk.

https://www.xtremerain.com/fix-bad-system-config-info/

System failure can also be caused by malware and viruses though this has been less common as the security people have dealt with this sort of thing and if the data and files themselves are not wrecked, using a boot disk can get things running and work around the malware until things are running, anyway, here’s the week in ransomware.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/the-week-in-ransomware-april-28th-2017-cerber-mordor-and-cve-2017-0199/

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So What Should A Secure OS Look Like?

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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_Software_Distribution

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.

This week in ransomware:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/the-week-in-ransomware-september-16-2016-stampado-locky-atom-and-more/

 

Hard Computers And Fuzzy People

I was thinking about ATS systems and how they worked while cutting the lawn the other day and I had an insight about them that I don’t think that people appreciate.  For a computer, there is no “maybe.” A computer is not a brain and the software program running defines everything as yes, or no.

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They Need To Remember To Keep The Web Light

This is a post series on cyber crime. For more posts click here or the cybercrime tag below.

There is an old Roman saying; “Quis custodiet ipsos custodies?” It means, who will watch the watchers?  It’s appropriate when considering the internet and the web.  Heretofore the web standards and protocol development  has been more or less a mutual agreement between interested parties who by and large had no real interest in doing anything that would create problems in real society.  They just wanted to make their wonderful toy work.  They were idealistic and didn’t really see the potentials of the dark side.

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