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Just curious what others think. Anyone out there planning on closing financial online doors? Their site says they will resume their service when "the matter is resolved." When I called the representatives of the bank I use to inquire they found it rather humorous. To me the matter of online security is never "resolved."
I wouldn't say they are any more likely to be hacked than before, theres still the same number of hackers in the world - the only difference is what cause people claim they are hacking for.
Yeah, that's about the most goofily ignorant sounding online notice I've read on a commercial site: "We have been advised that China is in 'Cyber War' with the United States" LOL... I can just picture their webmaster in a little room with the bank's officers:
Webmaster: "Really, there's not a significant increased threat! And putting up that notice will only make us look bad to our knowledgable customers, and scare the rest!"
Officer 1: "I don't know son, 'Cyber War' sounds pretty serious to me."
Officer 2: "Yes, I think our customers will appreciate our prudence in the face of such a threat."
Webmaster: "But, but..."
Kinda like how my boss says we can't accept cookies on network internet machines, because of the danger of cookie-borne viruses.
Also - let's look at the numbers. You're probably more likely to win the lottery than you are to be hacked. The sheer number of websites is huge. Unless you are some high profile site (the Amazons and Yahoos of the world) the odds that some hacker is going to randomly hit your site on an IP scan is pretty minimal.
I'm still sleeping well at night. :)
Sooner or later, maybe... but is it any worse since the "Cyber War" began? I doubt it. But declaring "war" just guaranteed that any website defacing that takes place for the next couple of weeks will get 10x more press than normal.
Of course, I don't need hackers to take down my site. Puget Sound Energy and GTE do far more damage than any hacker ever has. I worry about PSE and GTE far more than hackers.
We see quite a few security probes each day as well, though generally from our local university (evil students...bad bad! *grin*) However, we go into our web projects with security in mind. To pull down an ecommerce site the way this place has done would make me, as a customer (I'm not one of theirs), wonder if perhaps something already has happened. But then, perhaps I'm more paranoid then average, but if I am, so are our sysadmins and programmers.
We're currently working on adding ecomm to our site. I'd hate to think we'd react in this way. But it still makes me curious if any other places have done similar, pulling their sites out of fear of malicious hackers instead of rapidly working to fix any problems in their code (or having extensively tested it in the first place.)