Computer security film from 1990 just as relevant today

AT&T archive film talks about the threats of 20 years ago, the same threats we have now


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Anyone training an end user today about computer security would be well advised to add the following video to their syllabus - sure, it's a 1990 video from AT&T with some cheesy graphics and music, but all of the issues addressed in the video - computer hackers, leaving passwords on monitor screens, viruses, etc., are just as relevant today as they were when the video was made.

This 9-minute version has been strung together from a bunch of shorter films, originally made for the "annual Skytop conference of Bell Labs executives," AT&T says.

"They were intended to be a wake-up call regarding computer security issues, and present a realistic view of then-plausible security breaches, along with accompanying set of worst-case scenarios.

"The computer security team at Bell Labs at the time took pains to get their message across at this particular meeting, handing out computer security awareness swag — water bottles! key rings! — even distributing copies of 2600: A Hacker's Quarterly. The idea was that it was high time that the entire staff took the threats seriously.

"The cultural climate at this time reinforced this message. Parent company AT&T had recently suffered the effects of a software bug that the government originally believed was caused by a hacker. A few months later, Labs computer scientist Bill Cheswick set up a hacker honeypot to snag and study break-ins over the modems at the Labs.

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