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Episode #101

Should Businesses Trust the Internet?

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Friday, April 11, 2014

The internet has always been a Wild West of sorts, and recent news suggests things are not getting much better. This week we learned about the so-called Heartbleed Bug, which put sensitive information on tens of millions of servers at risk. It's just the latest vulnerability or attack to come to light. Meanwhile, the U.S. has been trying to negotiate with Chinese officials over cyber warfare — to little avail. This week on Money Talking, Rana Foroohar of Time magazine and Kevin Delaney of the business news site Quartz discuss whether individuals and businesses can trust the internet when much of what's happening on the web makes people squeamish, anxious or downright scared.

Guests:

Kevin Delaney

Hosted by:

Heidi Moore

Produced by:

Daniel P. Tucker

Contributors:

Rana Foroohar

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Comments [1]

James K. Lowden from New York

Today's Heartbleed discussion was inane. The internet was developed when the world was more stable? The internet is balkanizing? Can governments control the internet? How do you define stable, Balkanize, and control? What do the questions even mean? The commentary did nothing to add to our knowledge. But it did fill the time.

The interesting question, if you look into it, is the so-called business model that relies on OpenSSL, a library that nearly all https web sessions use, and not a single one funds. It's a technical mess, crucial, and taken for granted instead of taken seriously. That generalized cavalier attitude is the the underlying reason we've had two huge security breaches in OpenSSL in the last few years, and can look forward to more.

Apr. 11 2014 08:22 AM

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