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  •  The attitude at the NYT towards security was awful (3+ / 0-)

    I worked at the Times  for 35+ years. The last 20+ in IT.
    The attitude toward security was shockingly lax.
    After I earned a M.S. in Computer Science and while working in an IT department I wrote a lengthy memo outlining several huge lapses. Four years later when I left none of them had even been addresses (nor was my memo answered or acknowledged).
    Ex. We gave root access to the entire network of page production and pagination machines, using the same password for all users, never changed when people left the company, to all members of the systems department.
    Ex. We had secure ID cards issued to remote users. Anyone who called our department claiming to be a reporter was issued a temporary ID and password.
    While it may have been Chinese Intelligence who hacked the NYT it could just as easily have been a gang of 12 year old smart kids with a laptop.
     

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