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Flook 12/5/2012 | 5:42:49 PM
re: Nortel Got Super-Hacked

That Nortel got hacked is not surprising--if Defense Department and other federal agencies systems can get hacked, so can Nortel's or any other hi-tech company's computers. But what I don't understand why former Nortel employees would continue to use their Nortel desktops/laptops when they went to work for Avaya? Does Avaya not require employees to use their Avaya -issued PCs for company work? Something does not make sense....

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 5:42:48 PM
re: Nortel Got Super-Hacked

 


Let's say a good estimate is that 100% of Windows based computers are hacked globally.  Okay it may only be 95%.  Change your view of the story?


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Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:42:48 PM
re: Nortel Got Super-Hacked

Eh, that part didn't bother me. This is the scenario that went through my head: Nortel guys get moved to Avaya, but they don't physically move, so they keep using all their old stuff. Avaya does intend to unify them on the same IT systems eventually, but it takes time.


That transition might even be done by now. And of course, none of this necessarily means anything -- I don't think it's clear how many computers at Nortel were infected.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:42:47 PM
re: Nortel Got Super-Hacked

> Change your view of the story?


It does in the sense that I'm now afraid to touch anything with a network connection on it.  Unclean! Unclean!


Rush21120 12/5/2012 | 5:42:47 PM
re: Nortel Got Super-Hacked

I didn' t know Super clan (Superman, Supergirl, Superboy, Krypto) was a clandestine operation operating out of China.  Guess I'll cancel my DC subscription.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:42:46 PM
re: Nortel Got Super-Hacked

> I didn' t know Super clan (Superman, Supergirl, Superboy, Krypto) was a clandestine operation operating out of China.  Guess I'll cancel my DC subscription.


Of course, if the hacking had come from a Russian IP address, we'd have said Nortel was Bat-Hacked.


Flook 12/5/2012 | 5:42:46 PM
re: Nortel Got Super-Hacked

But even if they were not physically at an Avaya facility, it's strange that Avaye would plug them in to its network if they did not have an Avaya issued PC. That's a pretty laid-back attitude to security.

acohn 12/5/2012 | 5:42:44 PM
re: Nortel Got Super-Hacked

Craig, you nailed it on the head. It's not ideal from a security standpoint, but it was the most practical business decision. If you took away their Nortel PC on day one, then the day-to-day business of the acquired unit would have ground to a complete halt.



While I agree that people should be concerned about security and plugging in potentially rouge devices, consider how easy it was for hackers to break into RSA by simply sending out an interestintly-titled Excel file containing an infected Flash program. That could happen to any company.

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