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US Govt Wants Hacker To Pay For Flaws



October 3rd, 2009 11:17 am | by Ed |

In a move that may just qualify for the DUH magazine cover of the year, the US government wants the so-called "UFO hacker", Gary McKinnon, who hacked US military computers searching for UFO secrets to pay for fixing security holes that he exposed in his search.

It's like expecting somebody who uses your bathroom to pay for fixing some tiles that he discovered were damaged. Wanting him to pay for damages that he caused is one thing but I can't help expecting him to pay for fixing flaws in their security that shouldn't have been there in the first place is over the top to say the least.

He used a program called "Remotely Anywhere" to do his hacking and apparently the computers he got into did not have the ports that this program uses blocked like they really should have. Frankly, any "secure" computer or network should always have a firewall that blocks all ports that aren't used. That's only a matter of simple horse sense.

If the door's supposed to keep something out, then you ought to have a lock on it. In this case, the "doors" used by Remotely Anywhere not only weren't closed, they didn't even HAVE locks on them. That, IMNSHO, puts the burden of installing those locks on the people that should have put them there in the first place, not the guy who walked in through wide open doors.

Technorati Tags: hacker, search, security, open ports, ufo, remotely anywhere, firewall, gary mckinnon

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