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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

poetry hack attack!

As a Mac user, I applaud Apple's intelligent design and easy-to-use products. As an IT professional, I think that Cupertino's strategy for counteracting hackers is a bit naive.

A recent CNN report on Apple's poetry attack outlines how Apple embedded an admonishing poem in OS X to dissuade hackers from cracking of its OS. In the last two weeks, there have been two separate worms announced: "Leap.A" and "Inqtana.A." I don't think that sneering arrogance and stinging words are going to be enough to counteract viruses.

I don't actually run an antivirus on my computer, but I am sharp enough to not do obviously stupid things which would leave me open to attack.

1 comment:

jenni said...

Oh I dunno, I could totally see how bad poetry could be used as a deterrent. I will walk a mile out of my way to avoid bad poetry--and I don't even walk anywhere.