Wikileaks effect on global data security views limited at best

Wikileaks effect on global data security views limited at best

Summary: The information security story behind Wikileaks---unsecured data was easily leaked in the battlefield---is well known, but few folks are rethinking their data protection procedures.

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The information security story behind Wikileaks---unsecured data was easily leaked in the battlefield---is well known, but few folks are rethinking their data protection procedures.

That's the big takeaway from a global ZDNet poll tracking the Wikileaks aftermath. The Wikileaks incident spurred 40 percent of U.S. readers to at least think about better security procedures. Across the globe, 20 percent or so was the norm. Apparently, only the U.S. military is worried about removable media. Your shop must be just swell.

As noted last week, the U.S. audience is conflicted about Wikileaks. Across the globe, however, Wikileaks support abound by a sizeable majority.

Generally speaking, Wikileaks enjoys wide support everywhere but in the U.S. and Japan. In the U.S., 51 percent said they supported Wikileaks publishing confidential documents. In Japan, that percentage was 59.8 percent. From there the support picked up. In Germany, 88.6 percent of ZDNet readers support Wikileaks' effort. In Australia, 83.9 percent supported publishing confidential documents. China, France and the U.K. all checked in with support above 70 percent.

Meanwhile, 45.5 percent and 42.6 percent of ZDNet users in France and Germany, respectively, supported denial-of-service attacks as a viable form of public protest. Note that question was disallowed in China.

ZDNet's global Wikileaks poll

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  • Unscientific polls mean little

    This was conducted on ZDNet viewers - an unrepresentative sample of IT folks in general. And it relied on everyone voting and only voting once. Likely, those who voted were already really interested in the issue, so again it's unrepresentative.

    Those kinds of polls are fun for entertainment purposes only.
    HollywoodDog
    • RE: Wikileaks effect on global data security views limited at best

      "Unrepresentative"?

      I've got a dollar that says if the results agreed with your "Assange Walks Upon Water!" beliefs, you would not be calling the poll "Unrepresentative".
      Hallowed are the Ori
      • I just can't believe this...

        @Hallowed are the Ori
        When ever I see these sorts of emotional personal (often right wing) attacks against someone else's opinion I am reminded of Communists who do exactly the same. Baseless emotional attacks by right wing politicians or others are not helpful and make the accuser look childish. They claim Assange is a communist or a Terrorist - what a load of childish emotional tantrums. The USA calls anything it does not like a ?terrorist? now. It no longer means anything. It was YOUR own forces that released this info, not Assange. And plenty of other papers and sites have released this tuff as well. Why "kill" Assange for keeping Democracies as honest and open as they claim to be. Only despots, communists and dictators hide things and murder innocent messengers and we criticise them for it. Don?t encourage Democracies to become as Communist as China. Assange has not hurt anyone but a few egos. Unlike the criminal and greedy USA Bankers and Financiers who destroyed the US economy and others and caused so many to loose everything and led to the death of hundreds if not thousands from suicide as a direct result of their traitorous borderless greedy actions. What did they get? For starters you paid them billions in bonuses for destroying your country and causing so many deaths. They are not repentant and no changes have been made to stop them doing it again. They did far more harm to you and your country than Wikileaks could ever do or has done. Get over the embarrassment, fix your internal leaks BUT make certain your government becomes more Democratic than they have been so far as these leaks show.
        bsit1
    • RE: Wikileaks effect on global data security views limited at best

      because SYN FLOODING poses 0 that is ZERO security issues. but ignorant news casters keep referring to FLOODING as HACKING so dummies think it is a security risk.
      bspurloc
      • RE: Wikileaks effect on global data security views limited at best

        @bspurloc what happens if those syn floods cause the server to crash, (seen it happen) and that causes a loss of data? (seen that happen too). just because what you are doing doesnt cause any damage, doesnt mean that there isnt collateral damage...
        nickdangerthirdi
  • not worried

    I'm not worried because my company isn't overseas bombing innocent people. I'm just saying...<br><br>gary
    gdstark13
    • RE: Wikileaks effect on global data security views limited at best

      @gdstark13 really? REALLY? you think that has anything to do with this? that may have been assange's excuse for releasing completely useless data that we already knew. but not that topic of discussion here. and if you arent concerned about your data, then you are just a fool
      nickdangerthirdi
      • really...

        @nickdangerthirdi@...

        I'm concerned about our data, but no more than before the Wikileaks thing, which is how I understood the question. My point is that you're GONNA make enemies in the world if you drop bombs on people, so situations like wikileaks aren't really a surprise.

        As for releasing what you call "completely useless data that we already knew", I would disagree. I knew in my gut that my government was incompetent, but based on how most people vote, apparently I was in a minority. So anything to break the status quo is welcome news to me.

        gary
        gdstark13
      • RE: Wikileaks effect on global data security views limited at best

        @nickdangerthirdi@... Of course Assange is infuriated by gunships killing families that stop to help a wounded man. Are you OK with this? Those damn Good Samaritans had it coming I guess.
        shis-ka-bob
      • RE: Wikileaks effect on global data security views limited at best

        @gdstark@... what new information did you find out from the releases? because I already knew that government was incompetent as well, but I do have some idea of how incompetent, and I too am in the minority when it comes to how the rest of the people vote, but I still havent learned any new information from the releases, so to me they are useless.

        @shis-ka-bob do you really think that we want there to be mistakes? are you that dumb that you think everyone who opposes assange and wikileaks just wants innocent people getting killed? you are a sad person if you do. If you have ever read any of my posts you would know that I would have more respect for wikileaks if it was actually releasing things the government was hiding, but I already knew this stuff, there hasnt been one story released that I wasnt already aware of to some extent. I never said the government doesnt make mistakes, in fact I believe the government is a mistake, My issue with assange is he's not doing anything to help make the world better, he is a teenage girl telling 2 friends what they have each said about each other in and effort to break up their friendship, (yes I realize that is not is purpose, but thats all he is accomplishing)
        nickdangerthirdi
  • Wikileaks and US data security

    All the talk about whether Wikileaks was right or wrong to release classified documents misses the point. Whatever happened to "the need to know". This concept used to be at the core of all governmental organizations handling classified material.
    The very idea that diplo traffic which is sent from US embassies to the State Department, should then be sent on to the Pentagon just leaves me gobsmacked. Even the fact that all this material was aggregated appalls me. One would expect that the specialist offices within the State Department would keep tight hold of information sent to them, and use it to give advice when asked.
    Whilst in no way condoning Wikileaks release of classified material, I can only say that the way that the U.S. currently handles classified material is reminiscent of a banana republic. It certainly was not like this some decades ago.
    oldsparks
    • RE: Wikileaks effect on global data security views limited at best

      @oldsparks

      Good point. I would say that the only thing worse than a misguided government would be an efficient misguided government. I'm actually glad they're not (as you so aptly pointed out).

      gary
      gdstark13
      • RE: Wikileaks effect on global data security views limited at best

        @gdstark13 <br>During my random journeys (on the Internet) I came across a quote which is applicable.<br><br><i>A practical observation on the risks of stupidity was made by the German General Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord in Truppenfhrung, 1933:<br><br>"I divide my officers into four classes; the clever, the lazy, the industrious, and the stupid."<br>"Each officer possesses at least two of these qualities."<br>"Those who are clever and industrious are fitted for the highest staff appointments."<br>"Use can be made of those who are stupid and lazy."<br>"The man who is clever and lazy however is for the very highest command; he has the temperament and nerves to deal with all situations."<br>"But whoever is stupid and industrious is a menace and must be removed immediately!"</i>
        lehnerus2000
    • RE: Wikileaks effect on global data security views limited at best

      @oldsparks As normal these days our media is almost as bad as our government. Who really cares about the publisher of Wikileaks being in then out of jail in England for crimes committed in Switzerland; what about the reduced SP4 (now PFC) who was able to take HIS PC into a classified area and copy classified material. This has nothing to do with IT security, this is purely a personnel failure. Not a break down, a FAILURE. And not just one man, his chain of command should, must, carry a portion of the blame. Just an old military cop's opinion.<br>wcsmithiii
      wcsmithiii
      • RE: Wikileaks effect on global data security views limited at best

        @wcsmithiii@... I agree, as much as I disagree with assange and wikileaks, this was a failure on our own part.
        nickdangerthirdi
    • When your entire system is run by retarded children what do you expect?

      @oldsparks ... Don't know about you, but I haven't met a competent gov employee yet, they all leave pool of drool on the floor.

      Until the gov IT dept gets an IQ over 10 points the USA will continue to have leaks and no security. It's pitiful.
      Reality Bites
      • RE: Wikileaks effect on global data security views limited at best

        @Reality Bites
        I take offense to your statements. How many government employees do you know? And, for your information, there are excellent IT personnel in government. A broad brush is just that. Let me take a swipe: I'll bet that to the people who know you, you are "not all that" either!
        eargasm
    • RE: Wikileaks effect on global data security views limited at best

      @oldsparks
      Being authorized and having a need to know are still in force. The one thing that has changed is the information is now on a computer disk drive vice being locked away in a safe. Not a bad idea, just need more controls.

      While in a safe, it was eisier to prevent access. You can decide who got the combination. Also, whenever I needed to work on classified, I always let other authorized persons know it. They could keep an eye on me and also alert me if unauthorized persons entered our office, so I could secure the documents I'm working on.

      This young soldier should had never been allowed the access that he had. Furthermore his supervisor should have been notified each time he needed to access classified information. Also, no disk, usb sticks, sd cards, other external devices should have been allowed into or taken out of the classified area, without up channeling. These are the rules we will more than likely see implemented. The system is good; the controls stink!
      eargasm
  • RE: Wikileaks effect on global data security views limited at best

    Why can't they leak more important information. like the names and addresses of all the oil speculators. I'd like to visit them
    cmon101
    • RE: Wikileaks effect on global data security views limited at best

      @cmon101 good point, if Wikileaks was more than teenage girl trying to start a fight among 2 other friends I would probably have more respect for it, but honestly there is nothing that was "leaked" that was new and informative, in fact most of it our own government had already told us, perhaps not worded in the same discreet ways, but still the same crap. And lets not forget that the reason all this information was accessible to this soldier is because of the 9-11(no jackholes not the terrorists) and the fact that the government wanted more information to get passed between the departments after the attack, so the thing that was supposed to help prevent another attack has created a major security hole...
      nickdangerthirdi