I wrote this last year in a post about DefCon and Black Hat. I stumbled across it today, and had totally forgotten about it. It seems relevant with all the high profile security breaches lately. My wife got her debit card info stolen by whoever has been scamming Michael’s stores. But at least she didn’t get mugged.
You can’t trust your phone, your search engine points you at malware, the Internet is broken, your country is in danger and so is your bank - and not even the conference designed to tell you about it can keep from getting hacked. One might be tempted to believe that things may have been better back before we had all this digital technology. Then again, there was a time when bandits, pirates and marauders posed serious physical threats to the well being of both individuals and institutions. Perhaps it’s a more civilized world in which banditry is more likely to take place over the Web than on the way to the market.
Very real, very physical wars still rage around the world (as the release of Afghanistan war logs this week reminds us), but at least the violent crime rate in the United States has been declining. It can’t be attributed to technology, but we should be thankful that while we’re engaged in the thankless job of security patch management that at least we’re not handing our companies’ fortunes over at saber-point.
… is an old e-mail forward. There’s a Snopes entry here. The e-mail originally circulated without Einstein’s name. Leaving aside the dubious merit of the argument being made by “Christian student” in this chain letter, the attribution to Einstein is blatantly false. Einstein was not a…