June 27, 2011, 4:16 PM —
They believed that money spent on security products == we are secure. They were not asleep. They did not believe in security through obscurity. They trusted the industry. They gave it money in return for products that were supposed to protect them. They lived in ignorant bliss. Unfortunately, the security industry (and the rhetoric they proclaim) is all about the end goal of the industry making money.
LulzSec and Anonymous have sounded a klaxon at 120db: the state of online security clearly stinks and if it weren’t so consistently bad, it might be funny. LulzSec say they’ve retired, but I’m guessing they’re addicted to the lulz.
It hasn’t mattered to LulzSec or it’s brethren, the alt.ego known as Anonymous whether they’re making fools of government security, bank security, online gaming security, or other security. Very famous names in the security industry have been recently cracked open like an egg. Should you be scared, or should you be laughing? After all, getting the CIA as mad as a wet hen does have its mild comic value. I wondered who might be next. Michelle Bachman’s Campaign HQ?
My experience says: we haven't seen the end of the story, rather, it’s the beginning of an era of serious navel-gazing and quick bandages to an ailing infrastructure. I smell of flock of pontiffs, pundits, consultants, and holy men rising to the occasion of Embarrassment Prevention For Fun and Profit. If LulzSec retires or goes fully on the lam, these guys don’t get to cash fattened checks.