“…, they may not want to acknowledge it but its true. Furthermore, I hope you can prove me wrong and post a transcript of the interview where you followed up some of these vague statements by Sec. Napalitano, but I fear that even if you wanted to, interviews are so scripted these days with politicians, I'm afraid you wouldn't be able to.”
“maybe billions in losses to companies for the subsequent cover up and legal defenses in civil suits that arrive not because of the original hack, but, rather, because of the dishonesty, stalling, and ineptitude shown by said companies.
Ok enough of the condescending critique. I have to say that us normal computer folk are puzzled that there is no standard mandated by the government for security standards for those who handle consumers' personal and financial data. Even if there were standards, there is no law that I know of that penalizes companies when their usually lackluster to downright incompetent cyber-security is breached (the penalties for consumers are vast while recourse is limited and shrinking quickly). If they are going to put these boogy-man stories out there, it would be much more constructive if they also asserted a plan (or even the notion that there is in fact a plan) to make the consumers who's data is stolen whole again, and, more importantly, to stop chasing bored 17 year-olds looking for a challenge or to rebel. Meanwhile, I can't even get a large media company to admit or even acknowledge that they wrongfully sent me a check for $0.39 (not that I mind, but how did they get it deposited in my bank account if I cannot, and have not used any of their services.) Something is profoundly wrong with security in cyberspace and anyone who works in the industry knows it...”
“Come on man, instead of pondering why DHS didn't expound on the "massive security breach" you know, the "thousands" that she referenced, there are a variety of follow up questions that should have been asked after she dropped this little nugget. For instance, is there any sort of formal reporting mechanism for said "thousands" of intrusions? Why hasn't DHS (or after the 9/11 name-drop the DOD) investigated these? If they have, I don't remember any arrests... Oh, wait, they did publicize a bunch of "anonomi" arrests... Funny that they never bother to mention how much these mischievous wunderkind hackers that should, for the most part. be sent to college instead of federal prison have "stolen" from actual consumers. I'm sure its billions (not really) well...”