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  •  I would tend to argue that the hacker did you a (0+ / 0-)

    favor by intruding - those 36 hours either should have been done ahead of time to prevent the intrusion in the first place or at the very least should be done now to prevent future attacks.  In the end, stronger security - better for everyone.

    •  Calling malarkey on that. (4+ / 0-)
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      The bottom line is that even the best of the best cannot know every single possible exploit - new ones are discovered every day.  Even with constant vigilance, there will always at least be partially successful attacks.  And with the noise generated by all the script kiddies, it can obfuscate the real attacks.  Of course, as noted elsewhere in thread, those script kiddie attacks also often have mechanisms that report back to the author of the script - and furthermore, even a script kiddie attack must be treated as a legitimate attack.

      Or to put it another way, consider this scenario.  Some kid discovers your front door is unlocked.  He goes in, reads all your personal papers (you don't know if he took your credit card numbers and social security information), raids your refrigerator, and takes a dump on the carpet.  But he leaves a note telling you that you really should lock your door.  Done you a favor, has he?  Yeah, right.

      I find it ironic that you sit here, safely blogging about how much of a favor these asshats are doing sysadmins while right now, somewhere on some system that you probably use, someone is miserable because he is having to clean up some hacker's mess so that your credit is safe, your identity is safe, your connection is secure.

      Quick to judge, Quick to anger, Slow to understand; Ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand. -- Neil Peart

      by JRandomPoster on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 12:49:06 PM PST

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