Everything is broken

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Journalist Quinn Norton writes on the broken culture of computer security. From complex software flawed with 0-days to human error and general culture prone to feeling powerless, she explains how security is currently just a mirage.

Is computer security really just a wishful dream?

Re: Not anymore broken than real world security (Score: 2, Insightful)

by ploling@pipedot.org on 2014-05-25 06:42 (#1WQ)

Computer security being broken is not really the big issue, nor is it about the lack of control, nor is it that computing and its results can't be trusted or taken at face value. Security, control, and trust are to a very large extent delusional notions and computers didn't change that. These things are water under the bridge.

The big issue is the amount of effort and resources spent on not only actively removing such of your (imagined or not) "property rights" (security, control, and trust of the tools you own) but on doing the same to everyones entire "objective" existence past, present, and future and doing it continuously, simultanously, efficiently, scalably, eternally, and tied to the accelerating technological improvement and how they were nearly done completing the rudimentary working prototype of this setup two years ago .

That is what Snowden revealed even if he perhaps did not realize it. It is the sum total and the conclusion and it doesn't matter the slightest whether this meta-tool was intentional or not: it is going to be used and improved upon.
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