Tag Archives: Humorous

Curiosity killed the Network

Secure Network Technologies Inc is a company responsible for providing many business related security services.  One of those services includes security auditing of participating organizations.  I had to laugh as I read a report submitted to Dark Reading, by Steve Stasiukonis, in which SNTI infiltrated a credit union by scattering USB drives containing Trojan software in the parking lot for employees to find.

I made my way to the credit union at about 6 a.m. to
make sure no employees saw us. I then proceeded to scatter the drives
in the parking lot, smoking areas, and other areas employees
frequented.

Once I seeded the USB drives, I decided to grab some coffee and
watch the employees show up for work. Surveillance of the facility was
worth the time involved. It was really amusing to watch the reaction of
the employees who found a USB drive. You know they plugged them into
their computers the minute they got to their desks
.

The credit union probably utilizes all sorts of expensive security mechanisms, only to be infected by a pure disregard for security by curious employees. 

Now I know why the federal government makes their employees participate in countless security briefings – at least if you infect their computer network you cannot say you didn’t know, and they can nail you to the wall for it.

http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=95556&WT.svl=column1_1

Bad Application Architect Diseases

Sahil Malik posted a hilarious post about Bad Application Architecture Diseases on his blog last year, and I just had to mention it.

My favorite is Hypotechnologia or Hypertechnologia:

A refrain/abstinence of preventing any team member to use even
Instant Messenger, not allowing IIS on every developer’s machine, not
allowing allowing a developer to install any software, limiting
Internet access to a .NET developer
         or 
    Having only
one column, one row, and one table in the entire database, just so you
could take “advantage” of the new XML data-type in SQL Server 2005,
replacing every SQL Query with XPath expressions, or having MS Office
ActiveX documents replace a web based VB/ASP application (back in 2000)


Link.

Sahil’s recent post about Bad Programmer Diseases is just as funny.

Link.

Although humorous, the sad fact is that both Sahil’s posts are accurate
by most software engineers/developers that I have met. I’ve even
suffered from a few of these diseases in the past myself.