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December 01, 2010


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So you're position is tread lightly, ignore war crimes and corruption lest we upset those at the top of the power and wealth chain into taking MORE of our liberties away?



It appears Wikileaks is on the threshold of a monumental exposure of internal communications of a US bank, rumored to be the Bank of America. I suspect such a release of commercial internal operational records will generate substantially more efforts to quash Wikileaks than considerations of the risk of big data stores. It will also be another sad demonstration that national security often takes second place to markets risks.

Ironically, this week the Department of Homeland Security subordinated its own national security concerns to commercial counterfeit and copyright interests by leading an unprecedented mass seizure of domain names without due process or recourse.

I worry that Wikileaks will spur more support for passage of the profoundly ill-considered Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, putting the entire internet DNS network security system at risk.

Dinesh Vadhia

I would think that there would be a significant kickback from the public and the media in Western Democracies if Governments tried to put in new legislation. Never mind the Freedom to Information laws that these Governments would have to fight against.

This particular leak was started by a 22 year old Army recruit who had total access to the system. The people who put in place the permission rights that allowed the 22 year old to access the system are the cause and problem. You have to kind of ask yourself who authorized these permission rights in the first place.

People want greater transparency from their Governments and all surveys over time have shown that the level of trust between people and their governments has been reducing alarmingly over the years.


Information is data in context

Therefor data has and defines behavior. Which is not used in categorical and attributed systems. All the logging of the world will not help. They have to think about "smarter" systems.

Case in point I replaced my SpamAssassin installation, which used more and more CPU time, with a network behavioral system. Less spam, less CPU usage and I hardly ever look at the logs, the system cleans and manages itself.


Thanks for adding "real-time audits" to your list. I've been hammering this nail every chance I get, including last week in India. Hopefully we'll see this become a key component in security architecture sooner rather than later. Keep up the good work, Jeff.

Steven Adler

What's the difference between gossip, news, and leaks? Isn't one person's gossip another person's leak? Even when publishing was restricted to wealth before the printing press, leaking could not be controlled. How can anyone control leaks with 1,2, or 3 billion people on-line with instant access to Internet publishing?

No doubt, governments will try but in the remedy is a state of Orwellian control we should all fear greatly.


I agree wholeheartedly with you about the effects of wicked data leaks and, on the IBM Mastering Data Management blog, predicted the "waterproofing" that will take place during 2011 ( I have no doubt that the pendulum is going to swing the other way not just with disclosure, but also to the extreme in terms of process. The Air Force has already taken steps to ban the use of removable media on certain servers that have no connectivity to the internet. Unfortunately, this now impacts the good guys along with the bad. Defense contractors are being cut off from the data they need. My favorite quote on all this: "They were asking us to build homes before. Now they are taking away our hammers."(

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