Politicians Better at Security than Twitter, Yahoo, and Amazon

Recently Senator Schumer from New York wrote a letter (http://www.infosecurity-us.com/view/16328/senator-schumer-current-internet-security-welcome-mat-for-wouldbe-hackers/) to Twitter, Yahoo, and Amazon asking them to make SSL the default for internet connections. What this means is that instead of an http connection they should provide and https connection by default. This is important because with http connections you are exposed to risk of having your account hijacked, particularly when using public Wi-Fi connections. We’ve blogged about this issue with respect to Firesheep (http://blog.eset.com/?s=Firesheep) a few times.

I’m sure that the security experts at Twitter, Yahoo, and Amazon have repeatedly told their myopic, technologically challenged managers that SSL is the right thing to do, but these decision makers can’t seem to act on sound advice from employees. Perhaps hearing it from a politician will scare them into doing the right thing before they face legislation and potential litigation.

The Department of Homeland Security is working really hard to try to make the United States a much more cyber secure nation. It’s long past time for these major internet portals to start contributing to the effort.

Randy Abrams
Director of Technical Education
Cyber Threat Analysis Center
ESET North America

Author ESET Research, ESET

  • Adam Wilder

    Well,  Randy  when  it comes  to   security  measures  often  there are  parties  involved that  simply wish  not to do something about  such  issues  until something  happens.Personally,  I  think it's  nutty that  Twitter,Yahoo,Amazon don't  something  now than  waiting  for  major customer  complaints  to  appear and all…

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