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Re: “Software Left Vermont Towns' Data Vulnerable for Years

As an industry professional, I also would like to see the Attorney General launch an investigation. It doesn't take an elite hacker to find a vulnerability like this. Rather, NEMRC missed the very first steps of Cybersecurity 101, like not using a database from 2001. The program was dumping sensitive information into text files on the main shared folder for the towns. Even my grandmother can figure why that's a bad idea! Oh, and NEMRC was also sending all the sensitive data over the Internet, completely unencrypted, which was left out of this article.

The heinous, obvious nature of these bugs, coupled with the fact they've existed since 2006, all but GUARANTEES that data has been stolen, almost certainly multiple and many times. Add to this pile that fact that the offending party is completely unapologetic, smugly calling cybersecurity concerns "overblown" and hinting at the witch-hunt metaphor. TJ Donovan, please step in and stop the madness!!!!

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Posted by btv123 on 02/07/2019 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Walters: Scott Will Sign Cannabis Bill in Private

About darn time, but the legislature and Scott win zero friends by legalizing with too little, too late. Shame on Governor Scott, who vetoed more or less the exact same bill last year while holding his breath for an alcohol-type road test that is still in the very early stages of development. Scott then says he'll sign this year because the public supports it, as if legal pot hasn't had majority support in VT for years. And now, he signs it in his basement so his friends won't be upset (they will be anyway).

But the bill shouldn't have a ceremony, because it's nothing to be proud of. It accepts all of the cons -- drugged driving, enforcement costs, a black market instead of a legal one -- and delivers none of the pros -- like revenue and jobs. Why is Governor "Affordability" even signing, considering his economic "principles"? Again, Scott reveals he will do anything to avoid a controversy, and in doing so pleases no one, instead only confirming the many accusations that he is wishy-washy.

Give it a couple years, and as tourists flock to Massachusetts and other surrounding areas to indulge in weed, then bring it legally to Vermont, which will be paying to regulate but never collecting, and there will be nothing but regret over this bill.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by btv123 on 01/20/2018 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Burlington Has a New City Flag

The cynic's take:

Looking at the finalists selected, it would seem the city wanted something easier to print on merchandise than the current flag! Just my two cents. Beyond that I do like how the flag looks like the mountains over the lake, under the sky.


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Posted by btv123 on 11/28/2017 at 9:52 PM

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