These stupid politicians
Published: Wednesday 2006-09-06.
It is difficult not to write something about the computer trespassing that is described as “Sweden’s Watergate” and is talked about in media all over the world (even on Slashdot). Yes, it is incredibly stupid to break into other’s computer systems to get access to secret information, but it is even more stupid, if it is true what the newspapers write, that the account that was used had the same password as its user-id . It is like locking the front door, but having the key taped to it.
That you should never use a password that is easily guessable is one of the first rules you have to learn when working with computers. The password should preferably be something which is difficult to guess, preferably just a mix of letters and digits; if the word is in the dictionary it is, per definition, easy to guess. PTS has a service where you can test a proposed password, which could be useful if you are uncertain.
Anyway this scandal has not influenced me regarding my vote in this year’s election. I have already voted in advance, I did that Monday last week, at the embassy here in Oslo in conjunction with fetching my new passport, and I have no plans in changing my vote.
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