On 4/25/2019 09:16, Brian Vogel wrote:
Locking topics is a
basic function under any forum/e-mail system that I have used over
the course of decades. It needs to work.
No one is proposing "security by obscurity." The fact, and it is
a fact, is that spammers look for ease of putting a message out
scattershot. They do not target, and they certainly do not target
in the way discussed here. One takes precautionary measures based
upon a realistic risk assessment. It is a waste of time and
effort to try to prevent the highly improbable. If the highly
improbable becomes easy or starts being used, then one takes
remedial measures. 'Twas ever thus when keeping up with what
spammers will try next.
The idea of a spammer employing backscatter is, to put it mildly,
highly improbable. I don't worry about being hit by a meteorite
when sitting in my living room (though it's conceivably possible)
just as I don't worry about the issue of backscatter and
spammers. If it were an easy and worthwhile effort to achieve
their ends it would have been in use long before now, as the
capability has existed long before now.
Hear, hear! I couldn't agree more.
In the computer security field, we often say that one doesn't need
Fort Knox to safeguard a broken bicycle, which is a metaphorical way
of saying exactly what Brian says above.
M.S. '07 UCLA Security and Cryptography
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