The Front on Internet Terrorism
With attacks from spam, worms, malware, adware, and
hackers, Internet security will become so tight that nothing will get
through, not even the good data. CEO Steve Ballmer, as well as other heads
of industry met this weekend in Washington DC. with Homeland Security
Secretary Tom Ridge to discuss Internet crime. There’s no question that
there is a problem, in my opinion turning to the government for help is like
asking them to solve to problems in the Mid-East; they can only make matters
Microsoft does have a lot to be concerned about, as
they are hackers #1 target; Steve Ballmer’ s explanation for this is
Microsoft is a victim of its own popularity. Or in his words, “If there are one or two or three operating systems that have some high
percentage of the market, then hackers will continue their evil doings. If
there were 100 million operating systems, no one would attack." Ballmer
said. Many computer people will contend that if Microsoft would have played
fair and allowed for competition in the operating system market, there
wouldn’t be a need for either.
also said “…home computer users need to install firewalls, up-to-date
security and antivirus software, while business users need to be more
vigilant as well.” But from my view point as a network professional,
“that’s a lot of expense just to keep Windows as an operating system”.
With respect to our soldiers currently overseas, that’s like saying, If
Iraqi would just think more like Americans, they wouldn’t be a threat to
the world. Although, now we know that they never were. I’m speaking of
Iraq. The EU court is still out on Microsoft. (I know, that’s a cheap
I’m also not suggesting that Microsoft is the sole
cause of Internet crime; they are not, although Microsoft has made it easier
for criminals by neglecting security over their own aggressive interest.
Steve Ballmer said it himself in an interview in the Washington Posts,
"The browser wars were never about security, the
browser wars were about features," Ballmer said, explaining why
Microsoft added such items to Internet Explorer as ActiveX software to run
Windows programs inside the browser. "I'm not saying that was right,
with 20/20 hindsight; all I'm saying is the competitive marketplace took us
all in a certain direction." Click
here for the actual article.
Short cuts and
self-interest always betray the trust of the consumer. Since in the
beginning of 2000, the cost for personal and corporate security has far out
weighed the fee for an operating system. In just sheer aggravation alone. It
seems that credibility has been lost in every sector of the American
corporation: from false corporate earnings, the fall of tech stocks, and
overseas outsourcing, all point to the credibility of our countries CEOs.
And even the President. The personal interest of the American CEO has cost
the people of this country a lot of money. (And if Iraq is an example of the
same, a lot of lives) At least with the Internet you can unplug and be safe,
put what of real life?