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2014-01-06 17:46:31.554165+00 by meuon 4 comments

It just took 6 emails to get a root capable password to a production server "texted" to me, instead of replied in an email, because the IT admin's don't understand encryption, or why security/paranoia is important. We are doomed.

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#Comment Re: made: 2014-01-06 19:44:10.896351+00 by: Dan Lyke

Fuuuu... So I don't really trust my Android device that much, but I am using TextSecure in the hopes that it'll at least keep out the casual snoops. Probably better than just raw SMS to the default phone app (and anything else that's been given permission to read messages...).

#Comment Re: made: 2014-01-07 00:39:59.877741+00 by: meuon

Well.. my hope is that an actual human would not recognize the thing they sent was a password that related to the IP/Domain/Login in an email.

The password they texted: Pa55word

I'm crying...

#Comment Re: made: 2014-01-07 16:21:38.934178+00 by: Dan Lyke

Oh that's brilliant. So these guys have been living under rocks, then?

Every once in a while I look back and think these kids are gaining on me, and is my experience really useful, and all of those things. And then something like this happens and I feel confident again that I really am on the upper end.

#Comment Re: made: 2014-01-07 16:59:58.927724+00 by: TC

OH MY GAWD! While this only contributes to my misanthropic tendencies, I do believe there are smart people out there doing the right thing ( http://www.fireeye.com/ ). I am starting to wonder if the "Occupy" percentages apply to intellect and not wealth, goddess help us.

Parenting tip #117 If you want to teach your children proper password protocol, become a credible threat (i.e. If I figure out, find or hack your password, I will post embarrassing facts (maybe some baby pictures) of you on your facebook status.