I gave-out my online passwords.
At tax time, in the Washington Post, I made an anti-panic comment concerning the virtual world’s Heartbleed ‘bug’. The American media has been raging-on over what a devastating cyber effect the notorious bugger will have on Internet security. Consumers, they say, should change their passwords, clean their machines, check their oft-used sites for Heartbleed proofing, beware of criminally cloned sites with fake genuine security certificates and prepare for slow-motion web service…is this panic prevention? or panic propagation?
Apparently, two-thirds of the WWW is infected by this—this…well, it really isn’t a bug. A bug is a mistake or operational conflict inadvertently coded into a program. Heartbleed? no, there’s nothing inadvertent about Heartbleed.
Out of multiple cloud servers, system administrators can’t purge it fast enough—or, perhaps, effectively enough—to satisfy the pundits. The popular outcry has railed against inept security, derelict administrators and the malicious jealousy of all those terrorist types who hate us for our profitable hard work, world leadership and ‘freedoms’. The tension temperature has risen.
Now, can you say, ‘disproportionate’?