University of Virginia, Department of Computer Science
CS551: Security and Privacy on the Internet, Fall 2000

Manifest: Wednesday 1 November 2000

Assignments Due
10 NovemberProject Progress Reports (see email for details)


No new readings: Work on your projects.


If J. Random Websurfer clicks on a button that promises dancing pigs on his computer monitor, and instead gets a hortatory message describing the potential denagers of the applet --- he's going to choose dancing pigs over computer security any day. If the computer prompts him with a warning screen like: "The applet DANCING PIGS could contain malicious code that might to permanent damage to your computer, steal your life's savings, and impair your ability to have children," he'll click "OK" without even reading it. Thirty seconds later he won't even remember that the warning screen even existed.

Bruce Schneier, Secrets and Lies, 2000.

CS 655 University of Virginia
Department of Computer Science
CS 551: Security and Privacy on the Internet
David Evans