Re: [ISN] Oracle Chief Challenges Hackers

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Date: Fri Nov 16 2001 - 00:53:49 PST

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    Forwarded from: Jay D. Dyson <jdysonat_private>
    On Thu, 15 Nov 2001, InfoSec News wrote:
    > LAS VEGAS -- Oracle's top executive told computer hackers on Monday
    > night that his software is so secure they would never be able to break
    > into Oracle's Web site, a boast that may be taken by many as a
    > challenge. 
    > "This is a very dangerous thing to say--I'm not inviting a bunch of
    > hackers to bring down the Oracle Web site," said Larry Ellison, Oracle's
    > chair and chief executive officer. "But so far, with more than 1000
    > attacks a day, we've had no downtime, no interruption of service." 
    	If stupidity is dangerous, then Mr. Ellison's statement is
    	For clear and concise refutation on why the challenge is bogus, I
    need only point to Bruce Schneier's December 1998 remarks on the matter:

    	Mr. Ellison would do well to read it and recognize his folly.
    	And for the record, nothing, but *nothing* is perpetually secure.
    Time is the greatest reducer of perceived absolutes.  And when (not if)
    the time comes when Oracle is breached, I will personally laugh...
    	...and point.
    - -Jay
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