As Home Secretary – note that Ladbrokes offers 4-1 on Labour being the next government – Ms Abbott would be responsible for cybersecurity, as well as crime and policing.
Someone might want to rethink that.
While fraudsters traditionally prey on the gullible and feeble-minded, their wicked ways have ensnared British Labour MP Diane Abbott. The UK Shadow Home Secretary admitted to handing over control of her computer to a stranger after a random caller asked her to install Remote PC. It's a common scam. Once the miscreant has …
Ha ha, very funny. Diane Abbott (nearly) got scammed and (nearly) didn't spot it. Oh the hilarity.
Only I don't think it's very funny. These scams may be 'obvious' from the outside, but given that organised crime (which this must be) is extremely profit-focused, they must work.
The more we, as IT professionals, blame the victims for being 'thick', the more culpable we become. So, if you want a ranty political brouhaha, go head over to the Daily Mail. Otherwise how about a little advice, even if you can't manage any actual sympathy?
Starting with: Don't Panic. Find somebody you trust to take a look. Change your passwords (from a different device if possible). Talk about it - but not in a shouty, alarmist "oh gosh, we're all going to die" way.
How do you measure someone who's is good on computers, which discipline, what standard. Is it a secret, might be, or is it public experience and money in the bank. Can you abstract the irreversible. Just yesterday's chip paper after all. Yes, B.O.S.S. I saw that one coming, could've been worse. #gammabitflipspacetimeoverflow
Ms Abbott would be responsible for cybersecurity, as well as crime and policing
The important thing for being in charge of anything is to understand your own limitations. The philosophy I adopt for anything that I find I have been made responsible for is...
Is this thing something which lies in my defined skill-set?
If yes, then I should be able to cope
If no, then assess how important it is, risks, impacts, etc. If it is in any way serious, then I find someone for who this thing is their bread & butter, and utilise their expertise.
My wife answered.
Mike: "This PC is not working correctly."
Mrs S, angry manager voice: "Which one? I have 500 here!"
<end of call>
Alternatives would have been
"This isn't a PC, it's a phone!"
and "Couldn't you think of a better name than that?" (Mike from Microsoft had a very strong Indian accent.)
Seriously, though, it is amazing how easy it is to socially engineer your way past any security.
My job involves going to a supermarket checkout and asking "hi, where's the staff entrance?", and being directed to it, then saying "hi, I'm here to replace your routers" whereupon I sign the visitors book and am left to my own devices with racks 'n' racks of server and networking equipment. Often after the staff say "oh, we had no idea you were coming". Today I even left my tool trolley next to the racks and asked "is there a loo I can use?" and was directed where to go.
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