Schneier on “The Security Mindset”
April 1, 2008
Uncle Milton Industries has been selling ant farms to children since 1956. Some years ago, I remember opening one up with a friend. There were no actual ants included in the box. Instead, there was a card that you filled in with your address, and the company would mail you some ants. My friend expressed surprise that you could get ants sent to you in the mail.I replied: “Whats really interesting is that these people will send a tube of live ants to anyone you tell them to.”
I always find it surprising when people don’t think like this – and shocking when said people are in IT, or engineering, or in any position where they are designing systems that might be broken.
Related and worth reading: “Harmless Failures“