Security of National Infrastructure

Joseph S D Yao jsdy at
Fri Dec 29 22:34:36 UTC 2006

On Fri, Dec 29, 2006 at 02:19:36PM -0800, The Shadow wrote:
> Question:
> Why is it that every company out there allows connections through their
> firewalls to their web and mail infrastructure from countries that they
> don't even do business in. Shouldn't it be our default to only allow US
> based IP addresses and then allow others as needed? The only case I can
> think of would be traveling folks that need to VPN or something, which
> could be permitted in the Firewall, but WHY WIDE OPEN ACCESS? We still
> seem to be in the wild west, but no-one has the b at lls to be braven and
> block the unnecessary access.
> -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
> The Shadow
> -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

From: ceo at
To: shadow at
Subject: employment

Dear Mr. Shadow,

Your previous employer, Mr. Lamont Cranston, has recommended you for
consulting work with our US office.  This would allow you to work 20
hrs/week from home.  Our need is such that we would be willing to offer
you up to 150.000 euros/yr (~$197,970.12) as a non-exclusive retainer
for these services.  Please respond at your earliest convenience.

We were particularly impressed by what we saw on your Web site.

Oops, but you missed that because you only allowed provincial mail in.
And didn't let them see your Web site.

Joe Yao
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