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    Default Does Information Sharing Threaten Data Security?

    With the explosion of Web 2.0 tools, companies are struggling with how to effectively manage their content. People and companies want to share information successfully and securely without increasing privacy breaches;they also face accelerated compliance demands, and growing pressure from their customers to reduce wasted paper and other resources. I recent read a CNN post on Chinese Hackers saying no site is safe.

    Schneier, Ranum debate Chinese hacker threat

    What do you think. Should we include Hacking as part of Terrorism?
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    Default Re: Does Information Sharing Threaten Data Security?

    I would certainly include it as part of "Crime", but I wouldn't go as far as terrorism unless the hacker caused death(s) or injury to people. The military might take a different view concerning the defences of their country even without injury or loss of life being involved.

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    Default Re: Does Information Sharing Threaten Data Sec

    > I recent read a CNN post on Chinese Hackers saying no site is
    > safe.
    > What do you think. Should we include Hacking as part of Terrorism?


    I don't think anything is perfect and as such there's no way anything is
    100% safe. Indeed it has been shown that constructing things in such a way
    as to be virtually indestructible or impregnable is simple not economically
    logical. Sort of like everyone building earthquake proof homes. Things are
    designed according to what their most logical challenges will be.

    Is hacking terroristic? I would say it depends on what the level of the
    hack is, so no hacking in itself is not terroristic, but a particular hack
    might be. There will likely be hacks that will result in deaths, and the
    perpetrators should expect prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.
    Hacking doesn't need to be included under the terrorism banner to do that.



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    Default Re: Does Information Sharing Threaten Data Security?

    To answer the original question, yes. Once you share something with one person it is no longer a secret and you cannot be sure what that person will do with it.

    But to pick up the later comments, 'terrorism' is now the excuse for all sorts of repressive legislation and misuse of legislation - for example, here in the UK to snoop on people who put the wrong material in a recycling bin.

    However, as Clifford Stoll pointed out in 'The Cuckoo's Egg' nearly 20 years ago, virtually all security failures are down to human carelessness. And the number of careless people in the world far exceeds the number of terrorists or determined-to-be-evil hackers.

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