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Oxford blocks Google Docs as a phishing countermeasure

Oxford blocks Google Docs as a phishing countermeasure

Posted Mar 9, 2013 10:29 UTC (Sat) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
In reply to: Oxford blocks Google Docs as a phishing countermeasure by marcH
Parent article: Oxford blocks Google Docs as a phishing countermeasure

Blacklists often overreach by design.
The idea is that if you blacklist one whole network, people who weren't doing anything wrong will set the wrongdoers straight for you.


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Oxford blocks Google Docs as a phishing countermeasure

Posted Mar 9, 2013 14:46 UTC (Sat) by marcH (subscriber, #57642) [Link]

> ... who weren't doing anything wrong will set the wrongdoers straight for you.

Yes, and for instance in the case of email it translates into something dead simple and sane implemented by most networks: no random luser granted permission to send any significant volume of email unless explicitly allowed.

Next blacklist(s)?

Oxford blocks Google Docs as a phishing countermeasure

Posted Mar 9, 2013 19:32 UTC (Sat) by pboddie (guest, #50784) [Link]

This goes beyond e-mail, I would imagine, since the e-mail password is probably good for all services as some kind of "university account" password, and that would then permit wrongdoers to attempt logins to various machines, install software, attempt to gain additional privileges (either through legitimate mechanisms or by employing exploits), and then to start doing bad network-related stuff that might include sending e-mails.

Oxford blocks Google Docs as a phishing countermeasure

Posted Mar 13, 2013 15:16 UTC (Wed) by union (guest, #36393) [Link]

You seem to have attitude problem.

They are not luzers, they are users. Their job is to educate/learn and or preform research.

The reason for oxford IT staff and IT infrastructure including mail servers to exist is so the people you call luzers can spend their time doing more productive things.

Spam/phishing/viruses are IT problems, any solution that relies on end users to be "educated" will fail.

Oxford blocks Google Docs as a phishing countermeasure

Posted Mar 13, 2013 19:02 UTC (Wed) by marcH (subscriber, #57642) [Link]

> Their job is to educate/learn and or preform research.

... and surely this requires permission to send hundreds of email per minute continuously and access all kinds of sensitive IT resources?

I'll stop because it looks like you just stopped the left side of your brain as soon as you read "luser" and let the offended right side provide a recorded answer.


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