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FTP?
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, November 08 2012 @ 01:02 AM EST
Who cares? The username and password were sent using
email, and you can bet that the email was not encrypted.

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FTP?
Authored by: tknarr on Thursday, November 08 2012 @ 02:55 AM EST

That depends. FTP is unencrypted, surely (although there are encrypted versions). But the main vulnerability is to network snooping/sniffing, which is something that requires either physical access to one of the terminal networks or a high degree of technical sophistication to compromise one of the transit networks and filter the traffic to get only the relevant flows. And if someone has access to one of the terminal networks, they probably don't need to snoop on traffic to get the data. At the same time, FTP's one of the few protocols that allows for authenticated upload of data (and related things like ownership and permissions at the receiving end) without needing to be a command-line user.

It's got it's problems, but for the most part it's "good enough" against anything short of a specifically-targeted attack.

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Has in place in internal nets: client sw available
Authored by: macrorodent on Thursday, November 08 2012 @ 04:41 AM EST

I confess to having used and even set up FTP servers in company intranet for moving files, simply because it is the lowest common denominator. Even Windows comes with bundled FTP software, and has done so for a long time. Alternatives would requires special software to be installed, always a hurdle.

For this reason FTP is unlikely to go away anytime soon. At least not until you can convince Microsoft to bundle ssh...

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