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    My boss wants me to focus more on UX at work so I'm doing some reading to educate myself on the latest trends and best practices. The current book I'm reading gets into a lot about "white hat" vs "black hat" UX. The theory is that for long term success companies need to be honest and transparent in their UX. Using manipulative "black hat" techniques for a boost in short term profits can backfire and damage brands.

    The book contains a small side article about all the information companies in silicon valley have on everyone. That side article included this quote:

    I live in Palo Alto, the center of Silicon Valley. A few months ago, at dinner with friends, I was talking with the person next to me. He works in security at a Very Large Company, where he led a team of five people and their job was to hack into their own company. Test the defenses, find the holes, and fix them. He worked for ten years in Washington DC and ran a small consulting team of ten people, where they did security testing. They hacked into computers. Their clients were the US government, Congress, the courts, the US military, nuclear power plants, major banks, insurance companies, and so on. How successful were they? 100%. Every single time, they got in. So I said, this means the Russians can hack everything in the US? Yes, of course. The Chinese? Certainly. And the US hacks every computer in Russia and China? Yes.
    I'm assuming this story is legitimate, but figured thughes might be able to weigh in on its plausibility.

    If everyone can hack everything, then it seems to put Hillary's private email server fiasco in a slightly different light. If everyone can hack everything, then it must suck to be a spy these days.
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    Nothing is safe from a determined attacker.....
    Beer is like porn, you can buy it but it's more fun to make your own

    I have to bend over too far

    I get a boner.

    bareback every couple of days, GTG. Bareback, brokeback, same $hit!

    I joined a support group to help me deal with my social anxiety but I just can't seem to work up the nerve to go to a meeting......

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    • #3
      there at one time, was a great Russian site full of Tools for such activity
      "millworm.com", I believe
      “The function of the law is not to provide justice or to preserve freedom. The function of the law is to keep those who hold power in power.” – Gerry Spence

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      • #4
        Originally posted by thughes View Post
        Nothing is safe from a determined attacker.....
        The only way is to pull the plug.
        Old enough to know better, still too young to care

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        • #5
          Originally posted by camper4lyfe View Post

          The only way is to pull the plug.
          ....how effective is your physical security program?
          Beer is like porn, you can buy it but it's more fun to make your own

          I have to bend over too far

          I get a boner.

          bareback every couple of days, GTG. Bareback, brokeback, same $hit!

          I joined a support group to help me deal with my social anxiety but I just can't seem to work up the nerve to go to a meeting......

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