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posted by janrinok on Friday February 28 2014, @10:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the It's-not-illegal-if-governments-do-it dept.

AnonTechie writes:

"A surprising number of governments are now deploying their own custom malware and the end result could be chaos for the rest of us, F-Secure's malware chief Mikko Hypponen told the TrustyCon ( ) conference in San Francisco on Thursday.

'Governments writing viruses: today we sort of take that for granted but 10 years ago that would have been science fiction,' he told the public conference. 'If someone had come to me ten years ago and told me that by 2014 it will be commonplace for democratic Western governments to write viruses and actively deploy them against other governments, even friendly governments, I would have thought it was a movie plot. But that's exactly where we are today.' -mikko-hypponen-kicks-off-conference-on-trust/arti cle/336089/"

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by strattitarius on Friday February 28 2014, @11:08PM

    by strattitarius (3191) on Friday February 28 2014, @11:08PM (#8871) Journal

    I can't decide if it is a miracle that we are able to live in such (relative) peace, with so many of use wandering the globe in a rather confident sense of security, or if it is a miracle that the greed and hate have not taken over to bring us to a time of nothing more than self preservation.

    Interestingly, the middle-class workers (me) seem to have achieved a pretty high level of securing physical needs only to be completely vulnerable as far as information and security of intellectual property, to include privacy.

    For example, I haven't locked the doors to my house in at least 4-5 years, even while living in one of the largest cities in the US. But I would never use a computer without a password, am paranoid to use facebook, and hate the fact that I am too lazy to run my own personal mail server (not that it would help much because everyone I email has yahoo or gmail).

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @11:41PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @11:41PM (#8889)

    I haven't locked the doors to my house in at least 4-5 years

    What? Is this common?

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Saturday March 01 2014, @03:38AM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday March 01 2014, @03:38AM (#8953) Homepage Journal

      I don't even have a key to my front door. I lost mine more than fifteen years ago, and when I thought to ask the wife for hers, she couldn't find it. The back door has a key, which is inserted into the lock, where my son left it when he installed the new door knob. I can't speak for anyone else, but people around here respect a closed door. Those people who don't respect a closed door are going to break in anyway. How hard is it to break a window, after all? Or, to kick in a door. There are plenty of videos on Youtube in which the police demonstrate just how easy it is to break into a house. Locked doors? Phhhtttt!!

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    • (Score: 1) by cafebabe on Monday March 03 2014, @04:21PM

      by cafebabe (894) on Monday March 03 2014, @04:21PM (#10099) Journal

      When 1/2 the population had a television, stealing a television was worthwhile. Nowadays, poor people have better televisions than rich people. Likewise for microwave ovens, mobile telephones [cellphones], food mixers and almost everything else.

      So, yeah, break in! But what are you gonna steal? Who are you gonna sell it to? For how much? And was it worth it?