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Re: Email based attack on University

On 2019-10-08, Keith Bainbridge <ke1th3216@gmail.com> wrote:
> So I put noexec under the heading of it may deter somebody who is 
> looking for easy targets.

The seminal vector of the ANU attack (a concerted, determined, and
sophisticated affair that might very well have been carried out by state
operatives) was social (as in engineering); this could be considered a
clueful lesson--if only they were capable of receiving one--to those
system administrators positing the irrelevancy of human nature in these
technical matters.

Of course, we've already seen someone suggest here crippling modern
email (in a University setting!) to the point of bare-bones ascii text
communication with zero attachments; it is only a matter of time before
one of our brilliant members opines that the veritable solution to our
security concerns is the elimination of the human element altogether. 

"There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign."
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

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