Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Cowboys of `08

"Security pundits are fond are characterising personalties in information security with reference to Westerns - hence hackers wear either a `black hat` or a `white hat` like their cowboy counterparts.

"More recently these analogies have been replaced by comparisons with the horror genre. Security firms (usually ill-advisedly) talk about `silver-bullet` security technologies and, of course, networks of compromised PCs are called zombie botnets. Call us old fashioned but we still prefer the Westerns and, in celebration of one of the few quintessential American art forms (alongside jazz), we'd like to take a look back at 2008 in information security through the lens of classic Westerns, with a few Vulture Central casting suggestions..."

Full report at The Register...

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