Users’ Stark Reminder: As Web Grows, It Grows Less Secure
The New York Times, By Farhad Manjoo
was the computer programming equivalent of misspelling Mississippi — an error
at once careless, inevitable and hard for most human eyes to spot.
bug known as Heartbleed, a flaw widely replicated in the main system for
encrypting consumers’ online data, is a stark reminder that the Internet is
still in its youth, and vulnerable to all sorts of unseen dangers, including
simple human error. Today’s digital systems are complex and penetrate every
corner of our lives. It is impossible to lock them down.
is further evidence that we don’t have our house in order when it comes to
Internet security,” said Edward Felten, a computer security expert at Princeton
some ways, the tech world today resembles the chaotic, unruly days of other
essential industries, including the meatpacking industry depicted in Upton
Sinclair’s “The Jungle” and the automobile business portrayed in Ralph Nader’s
“Unsafe at Any Speed.” While those industries were made safe by a combination
of regulation and industrywide cooperation, progress took time, and it came
through trial and error. Read more.