There are a few comments I would like to make regarding The Journalist piece.
- Legislation will not stop Bhutan's vulnerability to cyber-crime. Hackers in Pakistan, China or Bulgaria will not be deterred by Bhutan's cyber-laws. If a pen-drive is infected by a virus, no law will prevent an innocent user from plugging it into the office desktop. And unfortunately, infected emails do not stop at the Phuentsholing checkpoint.
- The article mentions that "many government websites are hacked because they don’t have uninterruptible power supply". I must say that I never heard of this one before, and I would like to know the logic behind it. Hackers most often gain access to systems by taking advantage of software bugs and by means of social engineering. While missing UPSes can cause inconveniences, I cannot see how they can be a major security threat.
- Finally, while the lack of cyber-laws can definitely discourage IT firms or businesses from investing in Bhutan, I cannot see how it will "discourage people from visiting Bhutan".
P.S.: On the Journalist's home page, clicking on the article teaser ("OF LATE, several government and corporate websites have fallen victim to invisible hackers. read more...") brings you to the wrong article. Hopefully this is due to a typo and not to the site being hacked!
Ha ha ha there is one nice joke about heckers and UPS- I guess the Journalist interviewed the peon of the office to get such good joke.ReplyDelete
I am confused with this line..they don’t have uninterruptible power supply... do they know what they are writing.. really disguistingReplyDelete
I don't know who made the mistake. Journalists have been known to "mis-quote" their interviewees, and newspapers editors often re-write stories in areas they don't really understand. In any case, the end result is quite amusing.ReplyDelete
Boaz, can I use this for my blog? I will definitely quote you...and the other one on malware too...ReplyDelete
Sure, most welcome!ReplyDelete