Years ago I worked in a school system where the higher powers decided to disconnect from Internet“Today (May 15), University leadership announced that our College of Engineering has been the target of two highly sophisticated cyberattacks. In a coordinated and deliberate response by Penn State, the college’s computer network has been disconnected from the Internet and a large-scale operation to securely recover all systems is underway. Our experts expect the network to be back up and running in several days.”
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in order to save the IT-system from malware. Commentators here guffawed and claimed I was out to lunch/living in the past.

Well, here it is 2015 and a major US university has pulled the plug because of an intrusion. It’s a sad story, with a tale that for months they allowed the intrusion to continue so they could find the attackers/study the attack… Yeah, right. Well, that other OS let the bad guys walk all over them and eventually they had to start over. It sounds like their response is limited to changing passwords and making a plan for enhanced security. I hope they decide to go with FLOSS and GNU/Linux in the future to reduce the threats allowed by an ill-conceived OS from M$.

I recommend they try Debian GNU/Linux. It will work for them and not the malware artists. Further, they will be entirely in control of their IT-system, not M$ and the bad guys.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to Disconnect

  1. ram says:

    FLOSS includes more than GNU/Linux. First of all, Linux can be compiled using other than the GNU compiler. That causes attackers some “pause for thought” 😉 Then there are the various flavors of BSD (at least 3) and THOSE can be compiled with other than the GNU compiler (at least 3 again). Now the possibilities are getting complex. Combine that with putting one behind the firewall of another, perhaps on different hardware architecture also, and that is a challenge to penetrate. Maybe, some governments, if they focus on it, can crack it, but amateur vandals will not.

  2. oiaohm says:

    Really they knew had a intrusion for months yet could not get on top of it.

    I don’t normally recommend a Business be locked to 1 OS as these kind of problems do happen. There is places for thin-client tech. Particularly as fall back. Of course most of the issue is too far shoe string to have fall back plans.

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