Net of Insecurity — risks not anticipated by Founders

The Washington Post has a new set of articles, interviewing some of the founders of the Internet on how the it came to be built with insufficient security: Net of Insecurity <read>

“I believe that we don’t know how to solve these problems today, so the idea that we could have solved them 30, 40 years ago is silly,” said David H. Crocker, who started working on computer networking in the early 1970s and helped develop modern e-mail systems…

“People don’t break into banks because they’re not secure. They break into banks because that’s where the money is,” said Abbate, author of “Inventing the Internet,” on the network and its creators.

She added, “They thought they were building a classroom, and it turned into a bank.”




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