When I wrote “Virus Bomb,” it took me about 1/2 hour to find out how to build a cell phone detonator. And it only took another few minutes to find out how to hijack a delivery truck by poisoning its GPS signal.
Bad guys spend all day probing good guys for weaknesses and all night collaborating on how to improve their probes for the next day.
And good guys? Well, we hide. We think if we make our methods a secret and keep everyone compartmentalized, nobody will figure out how to penetrate us. And that’s why we leak information like the Titanic on an iceberg.
This is nothing new. It’s been going on since at least the early 1850s when Alfred Charles Hobbs published his book about lock construction.
Here’s a link to a blog post with Hobbs’ full quote I mentioned in the video.
If we want to break this cycle of identity theft and endless data breaches, then good guys need to up our game and learn to collaborate as effectively as bad guys.
Don’t believe me? I have one question; how’s the way we’re doing things now by keeping it all secret working out?