Bad behavior drives out good: MIT can't leave its network open any more
Posted by David Brooks | Thursday, April 4, 2013
Citing a DDOS attack and the hoax about a gunman which shut down the campus last month, MIT has ended its practice of leaving the campus network open to all devices and accessible to outsiders. You can read the announcement here.
This is, alas, a classic case of a few bad apples destroying the barrel, or whatever depressing metaphor you prefer. Bad behavior making good behavior impossible, if you prefer. It's the same reason you have to fumble with keys to get into your house and car: En masse, humans can be pretty unpleasant.