Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cool Things I Learned About Security From Watching Spy Movies...

I love spy movies, I've watched every single one I can find from "Spies Like Us" to the "Mission: Impossible" series and everything in between (including the really, really bad ones too).  Spy movies teach us a lot about real security, how it can be defeated and some of the Hollywood truisms (and "bending the rules") demonstrate what we're all already thinking, and probably now to be true anyway.  I've learned a lot, and I see a great many applications to real life InfoSecurity so I thought I'd share them with you here ...

  1. You're being attacked.  Right now... and now... and now.
  2. Computers are easy to manipulate
  3. People are even easier to manipulate
  4. Your 'perimeter' is only as strong as the guy holding that USB stick walking in your office door
  5. Encryption is breakable ...actually - "encryption" you build yourself is breakable
  6. The common denominator amongst the thousands of daily use social media, financial, and other high traffic sites is one set of credentials
  7. If you want to break military-grade encryption to steal intellectual property or state secrets, use a $15 hammer applied to the owner's open palm
  8. Knowing where your target is located at all times is critical.  Spies use expensive equipment like satellites, GPS, and other gadgets, in lieu of expensive gadgetry I suggest FaceBook or FourSquare.
  9. Remember when it was cool to watch a movie spy 'tap in' and listen in on a person's cell phone call from another part of the world?  Yea, that's possible.
  10. By the time you've gotten down to here, I've utilized the exploit you don't know about in that browser you're using to gain access to your machine.  You really shouldn't keep pictures like that in that 'hidden' folder in "My Documents" ...HR would be unhappy with you.


Anonymous said...

is HR ever _really_ happy?

3tech said...

Hey Rafal,

This post made me laugh, why do you think computers are so hard to secure?

btw I love spy movies too, what is your favorite?

Mine is 'From Russia With Love,' 1963

best wishes


Anonymous said...

Good Thing You Didn't Say Spy Kids Or I would've Had To Hack your Computer And Erase Everything...