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The need for urgent collective action to keep people safe online: Lessons from last week’s cyberattack - Microsoft on the Issues
Finally, this attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem. This is an emerging pattern in 2017. We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world. Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage. An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen. And this most recent attack represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today – nation-state action and organized criminal action.

The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call. They need to take a different approach and adhere in cyberspace to the same rules applied to weapons in the physical world. We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits. This is one reason we called in February for a new “Digital Geneva Convention” to govern these issues, including a new requirement for governments to report vulnerabilities to vendors, rather than stockpile, sell, or exploit them.
WannaCry  malware  ransomware  security  Microsoft  vulnerability  NSA  CIA  state  government  intelligence  responsibility 
may 2017 by petej
An Evening with Thomas Docherty, but a Lifetime with the Eichmann Academics | Academic Irregularities
"Performance management is a process of constant surveillance, reporting, evidencing and self-justification unfolding amidst the pervasive accusation that the individual is undeserving of the status of professor. But there is a process, and it will be observed"
education  higherEducation  universities  managerialism  performance  management  DochertyThomas  morality  ethics  responsibility  teaching  TEF 
february 2016 by petej
How Upsetting : Edward Snowden and personal responsibility
"This is where the divestment of moral responsibility gets you. You become an amorphous cloud, adjusting to whatever position best enables you to keep believing that you’re ‘a good person’ while avoiding facing the uncomfortable and unpleasant truths which our own power in the world confronts us with. Manning and Snowden, in taking decisive action which put themselves at risk, blow this wide open and confront us with our own agency in the world. An agency which most of us suppress each and every day. There have been many on social media asking that we stand with Snowden just as we should stand with Manning. Looking at our own lives, our own agency, seems just one of the apt ways in which we can do this."
PRISM  surveillance  security  privacy  whistleblowing  responsibility  SnowdenEdward  ManningBradley  ManningChelsea 
june 2013 by petej
Phone hacking: These resignation statements are meaningless | Gary Younge | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
"Time and again people with huge salaries and immense power acknowledge they had responsibility, but are careful not to concede accountability, for fear that it will suggest culpability. Nobody claims they were just following orders because apparently there were no orders and no one to give them. It appears what we assumed were extremely hierarchical organisations such as News International and the Metropolitan police apparently operated like anarchist collectives."
hackgate  Metgate  phonehacking  crime  accountability  responsibility  NewsInternational  NewsCorp  NewsCorporation  MetropolitanPolice  police  MurdochRupert  MurdochJames  BrooksRebekah  YatesJohn  StephensonPaul  corruption  politics  dctagged  dc:creator=YoungeGary 
july 2011 by petej

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