Privacy & Security OPINION: Is the Web broken or are users too lax? Greg Meckbach @itworldca Published: April 16th, 2009Is the city roads department responsible for bank robberies? Blaming the city for theft because it builds and maintains roads that allow thieves to drive to and from their victims is like blaming the Internet for denial of service attacks and botnets.At IT360 earlier this month, Montrealer Michael Calce, who served eight months in youth prison for his denial of service attacks in 2000 that took major Web sites such as Yahoo and CNN offline, explained to an overflow crowd why he thinks the Internet is still “broken.” He said social engineering methods are still used to fool naive employees into allowing miscreants access to IT assets. But using incidents like Conficker and Mafiaboy to complain the Internet is broken is like saying the road system is broken because thieves are able to drive to and from the places they rob. Some may believe Conficker, which can block access to security sites and launch brute force attacks on administrator passwords, is another symptom of a “broken” Internet. White paperIBM Internet Security Systems X-Force Related Download Sponsor: CanadianCIO Cybersecurity Conversations with your Board – A Survival Guide A SURVIVAL GUIDE BY CLAUDIO SILVESTRI, VICE-PRESIDENT AND CIO, NAV CANADA Download Now Privacy & Security Administrator, hacking, packets, passwords, virus, Web sites Mitel to extend PBX to outsiders EMC's new Symmetrix array targets virtual data centers Related Content Threat actor selling access to a Canadian university’s domain Think multi-factor authentication can’t be hacked? Think again Weak and re-used passwords still common, says vendor report Is my iPhone snooping on my conversations?