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Not soon after we have these shiny new Netbook toys comes the idea that your 200 buck laptop may be a cracker goldmine…

http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20090303/tc_nm/us_pc_notebook_security_3

Apparently to help keep costs low, the makers skimped on things like firewalls and other common security applications. This by itself will probably keep the IT Ninja from allowing these things to be deployed in their corporate environment and I am not even sure one of Tripwire’s agents would run on one of these tiny little things. All things being equal however, how do you keep the C level doods from buying one of these things because their form factor is very compelling for travelling execs and sales people who just need email and VPN connectivity…

The article does go on to explain that it will probably be casual users who buy these things and what would they steal “Family Photos?” To me that is not the point. A cracker is not always go for the quick money shot when they attack a system…they may be installing all sorts of goodies to turn your shiny new toy into a zombie or bot so they can use a bunch of them to eat your corporate brains…just another shot in the Ninja versus Zombie battle…

I might just have to go and buy one of these things to see if Tripwire’s enhanced file integrity software will run on it. I know the Tripwire Open Source will run on the linux versions. Or maybe Tripwire for Servers… should be fun…

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