Today I chaired the SCL Meeting “Demystifying Open Source“. The speakers’ slides are available on the SCL website, although Neil Brown has been kind enough to make the text of his excellent talk available to all.
Google’s January announcement that it has uncovered a ‘sophisticated and targeted’ attack on its infrastructure is a timely reminder that the threat posed by hackers should not be minimised. This attack originated from China and led to Google uncovering a systematic breach of the security of certain Google user accounts linked to Chinese human rights activists. The attack on Google and its implication of state surveillance may be seen as esoteric, but it reveals a basic truth: any organisation which holds personal data on individuals must be prepared for the fact that the data has value, and is therefore worth stealing.
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Here’s a piece that I wrote for e-Commerce Law and Policy (subscription required):