A chat in a private slack made me remember my first hardware hack:
I had a 386 PC. It had a "lock" on it, that prevented it from booting
My dad locked it every day at 7PM
I unlocked it using a screwdriver, around 7.35PM, when he was doing the dishes after dinner
He never figured it out, until one day I didn't put the cover back on neatly. Ever since then, he would take the power cable as well
Three guesses what I spend my weekly allowance on that first week of not having a power cable
@Firesphere Just underscores my assertion that technical controls are not usually appropriate to address human risk factors.
"Once a human has seen the sensitive data they can remember it and misuse it later. I don't have a DLP tool that will prevent that."
@yojimbo It underscores my believe that you can't stop someone who has the right resources, the will and is able to outsmart the other party :D
@Firesphere Right - you have to refocus their will on something else to actually get a change. If you don't do that, and force a conflict, you'll get escalation that you can't control.
@yojimbo It was an i386 in my case. I'm not sure what my parents could've done against me :D
@Firesphere Well, they'd have to consider why they were objecting to you using the thing after 7pm, and why they were trying to use a technical control instead of actually looking at you and the PC directly.
I've got kids, and the 100% parenting rule I've used for myself is "actually get off the couch and go and engage instead of shouting unenforced threats".
@yojimbo Fair call. But they couldn't look at me. I did my homework, but I always locked my door (hey, don't look at me, I had a lock on my door, so I used it!)
Second, they had no clue what I did until I made a mistake (again, I still did my homework, so no school complaints).
Third, they didn't know what they were up to. Probably simpler times when it comes to computing.
@yojimbo Their reasons, however, were very simple and I can summarise it in two words:
@yojimbo But, anyway, to quote Sun Tzu:
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
@Firesphere I made sure my kids got locks on their doors (the sort that are easy to open from the outside if you need to). They use them all the time :-) like good little hackers.
@yojimbo They'll figure out how to prevent the outside opening soon enough ;)
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