What should companies do about hackers?

What should companies do about hackers?
 

 
 
 
 

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Anonymous

Hanging would be a fine idea, and it's not because I watched a movie that contained a public hanging. Ok, maybe it is.

Anonymous

Great Hackers make great Developers

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The question should be 'what CAN they do about hackers?' =P

Seriously, they do what they do because they're great at what they do, if there's a weakness in a companies security they'll find it and if they don't like them, exploit it. Sad it happened to PSN, decent service overall, flippin heck it needs to upgrade and improve quite a bit but it's free.

And hackers haven't dome anything serious like what happened on Splinter Cell Chaos Theory or Die Hard 4(yet)so maybe companies should hire them to help point out flaws in security stuff like some banks to with bank robbers =)

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Anonymous

Hacking is like that one kid that gets everyone's privileges taken away. The one bad person makes everyone suffer and lose out on fun.

Fine them, punish them, and sometimes even jail them.

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Hackers are the wake up call for those with crappy security...like Sony, who didn't encrypt their customer's data. As long as we have incomplete internet security, we will have hackers.

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True hackers are more involved in system dynamics than anyone else. If you want secure systems / software / etc., have a guy that breaks them make them. I actually spent the latter half of the 90's hacking networks... internally. To expose flaws and get them repaired before the outside world did and stole information.

In fact, one of my employers fired me (as in the department was closing and they didn't want to pay severance), and then after firing me demanded all of the most recent network gap data. Wrong order, folks. Those were at home, and I wasn't delivering for free. No, I didn't use it; I'm not that much of an ***hole!

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I personally think hackers should be brought to justice and even made to face jail time as this not only affects the businesses that have been hacked but there customers. If anything this affects the customers more as it is there personal details that are been possibly stolen and distributed when hacked. Been brought to justice would also act as a deterrent from this behavior.

I also believe companies should hire security experts to review the systems that have hacked and fix them but not by hiring the hackers themselves as this is likely to introduce further security holes purposely put in placed by the hackers themselves to be used for future attacks or discretely misuse the said systems.

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Quite simply put, the answer IS NOT SIMPLE.

-You can't hire every hacker that attacks your company no matter their intentions cause you'll just encourage more broke hackers to follow suit looking for jobs.
-You can't jail every hacker cause than the jails (that are already overcrowded) will have to squeeze in these little nerds who probably didn't do much damage into cells with murderers, rapist, etc. for 20+ yrs while the much, more dangerous hackers roam free cause they never get caught. Not to mention the further waste in tax dollars to jail someone for a petty crime.
-Fining ANYONE is never a solid answer to solve a problem cause fines DON'T PAY THEMSELVES and believe it or not most hackers are not rich kids, driving cool cars, like in the movies. They'll simply be put on payment plans to pay it back which won't take so much of their money where they would have to live on the street to pay it back, that's IF they have a job at all. Not exactly what I would call punishment.
-You can't simply "get better security" cause THERE'S NO SUCH THING as a software system that's %100 hacker proof. If the hackers want to break in a system all they need is time and its done. Especially if they're acting in groups like the one that attacked Sony. In all honesty, even though Sony has spent Lord knows how much on bettering their security, its really not gonna do them much good. Its better, YES but if the hackers wanted they can break through the new security measures as well.

Well, with all that said, what's my answer?

-As a company, constantly keep your security software up to date AND DON'T STORE ANY PERSONAL INFO ON YOUR SYSTEMS. At least then the hackers won't put you in position will you have to apologize to millions of people for losing information that could very well destroy their lives. Thus minimizing the damage to just regaining data that's only valuable to the company and no one else. So what, if the people get a little frustrated from having to put their credit card number in every time they want to buy something on your site? At least, they can't say your security caused them to lose every penny they have to a hacker.
-As a person, simple put, BE VERY CAREFUL. You can't help the fact that sometimes, some government sites and many online services, STILL require you to put your credentials online in order to use them. Just be careful what sites you choose to to do that for AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE. For many people online gaming and social networking is a good enough reason to do so but just don't go around joining 5-10+ social sites that all require you real name, birth date, full address, etc. For every site you put info like this on, is another backdoor you just created for a hacker to STEAL YOUR LIFE.

just another computer lover

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Sure you can always hire some to improve security but why not disconnect all the essential stuff from the net and by that I mean literally pull the plug. Or use a very slow RS-232 connection.

And btw. as long as people are greedy, they can be bought and that is the real problem. In IT you just have to hire the target company's head of IT and pay him or her a little extra to get all the passwords and backdoors (a few mil or so I guess).

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It's pretty obvious now that they need to hire hackers, or "security experts." I think Sony was being naive and trying to get by with the minimal amount of security, to avoid paying extra. Their browser is garbage and they don't update that as well. While it might seem that Sony is on the cutting edge with hardware, their software is so outdated and that's why their systems are so exploitable. It shouldn't take millions of people's info. being stolen to realize that you need to keep your software up to date. Somebody wasn't doing a good job and now we all have to pay for it. lol

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Hmm... Perhaps you're referring to "criminal hack" as in "crack?" Well, there are good hackers and bad hackers and that I'd certainly refer "bad hackers" to them as "crackers." I will try to hire the crackers if they can fix my network, but if it gets worse, I can call the police officers and get them to jail the crackers, but then that can be unhelpful.

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Anonymous

If you jail or fine the people who could penetrate your system, they'll just seek revenge. If you want better security, learn from those who know it best: the hackers. Hire them.

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There are people that just go around attacking sites and telling the owners about it and how to fix it, those people should be hired, but the ones that do it and steal info because they resent something the people/group did or whatever, should be jailed and fined hugely, like a couple $100k.

Anonymous

If Sony doesn't take the time to add the (my)sql_real_escape_string($yourvariable) statements that are needed then they deserve it. Hacking them was as easy as typing a sql query right in the login fields. I'am 15 and I can do it. What does this tell you? Whoever is making Sony's websites < 15 year old when it comes to security.

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It depends. If someone's going to hack me and steal my identity - jail them no doubt. But if it's a company who's been hacked, then they should hire the hacker/s or try to in order to aid the improvement of security.

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the problem is hacking is that all the programs will have a weak spot. even the best security. ifthere isn't a weak spot than the hackers will try brute force like botnets and so on. so it is almost impossible to stop the hackers. you are always behind them. maybe securety that would be so hard to hack that you need all the computing power on the world to hack it would work but than it would be so heavy to run that you won't be able to use it.

Anonymous

I hack but not for personal gain.

I modify programs to add new features and change limits within the program.

One of my most recent hacks allows 8 people to play Co-op zombies on Call of Duty.

Tbh there is no real protection against hackers as I just take the program / file and do what I want with it.
The best person to stop a hacker is a hacker, as non-hackers ain't got a clue about how security is removed / bypassed in most cases.

Anonymous

Implement Big Brother. Cameras everywhere. Deep packet inspection. You use an encrypted connection? If it's not to a webshop or other 'valid' website, you get a nice little visit by the cops and 2-3 days at least in solitary confinement, awaiting your trial.

You are found guilty to actually hacking or even attempting to hack? You are sentenced to jail time equal to that of a real life B&E (breaking and entering) crime. This !($* really has to end. F'in wild west crap on the Internet where people can get away with murder.

Alternatively, we can close down this whole Internet thing (for consumers) and be done with all this hacking bs.
Would be nice to actually talk again to people who aren't slaves to their "smart"phones.

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well in a perfect world it would be nice if these hackers and cheaters and anyone that upsets others by not following the rules (in essence Breaking the Law) would just keep out of others affairs! But as new kids and and older seasoned hackers keep thinking that it is OK to rip people off, I kinda wish they were on the receiving end, as I can tell you (BTW PSN claims no one has got charged a a result of there security break BS I got hit) it sucks, and the people they hurt some times lose out, it doesn't always get covered by the time you need it to! By the credit company insurance or Bank account Debit cards insurance and the like! They should be a better way of tracking this down and making even the youths pay as adults would with very stiff punishment as it is a form of armed robbery if you look at it! You are helpless to fight back and just have to hand over your cash, and the companies have a very nonchalant attitude about it. So what would I do in person? well I can't say as I would sound sadistic and cruel! But I would like to see done? just one person get charged and sentenced to at least 5 years in prison and it should be televised as it would start to show them we are done taking crap!

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I would hire them on the spot. Use there abilities to protect your business. They can resolve network problems more easily for you without doing illegal stuff.

Anonymous

Hm.. you can jail/fine as many hackers as you desire, but that won't make your security better against future hack attempts.

You can compare it to Anti-virus programmers - they need to know how to make a virus and all the tricks involved, to undo them again.

And because of that, I think the best would be to hire them (if you can get them to), as they would likely have a better understanding of how to prevent further hacking of the website or whatever has been hacked.

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And that would be fine, but even as you brought up anti-virus software! Those companies hired old virus creators to help them combat the on going virus problem and what did that get us? Anti-Virus software Viruses!!! I believe the only coarse of action is to make hacking punishment extremely stiff and have the companies follow through with catching the people involved, I can't believe for one instant that all the worlds greatest minds can't find the hackers responsible for the PSN hack? There is something real wrong if this is true, that means no one is ever safe on-line period!!! I hate to sound like a conspiracy theory person but it just makes no sense on how everyone in the world can't find out who did this! It is also funny that Obama wanted everyone's info to be government controlled and now our Gov. is in charge of this investigation???

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I'm pretty sure those viruses would've came out anyways

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I think hacking is a sign of lack of security. atleast thats what I mean.
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nothing wrong whit hackers only thing thats wrong is that persons have there information on the computer

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Lol, how am I suppose to make a video response with that comment being disabled.

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Yea, I realized that after I uploaded the video. my bad ;) YouTube really needs to fix that. People probably won't video response anyway.