Sun readers deserve all* they get.
(* they usually come in pairs)
Security lapses at News International have exposed the email addresses and other personal information of readers who entered competitions in The Sun, the UK's biggest selling daily newspaper. The names, addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth of thousands of people were also exposed by the hack, reckoned to have probably …
I love how consultants always say things are obvious. 20/20 and all that. But encrypting data in the buisness isn't black and white. That data needs to be accessed, so a way to de-crypt it as to exist. The devil is in the details as they say.
Besides, this is all more or less easy to optain information. You can get a lot of the same in the phonebook. Does't make the security lapse any less serious, of course.
I can't help but think that if the hackers/crackers/script kiddies are caught it wont just be the hacking that would be punished but, if the information was used by others for criminal activity, it would also mean that they aided the criminals in their effort to defraud. In many ways that is worse than the guy going through the bins looking for personal information to apply for credit cards in your name...after all, these hackers could be responsible for thousands of people being ripped off. A good barrister would see them sent away for life and I can't see why they think it is worth the risk, especially considering they wont get any support what so ever from the general public.
It's obvious that the Sun would be done under data protection legislation if they had deliberately exposed this information; it seems to me that if they were negligent in defending it they should also be liable.
Can anybody in the know about these matters explain how it's done? Are these kiddies geniuses who can tear down the most carefully constructed defences, or is it rather that they troll around looking to exploit easily guessed passwords etc. If the latter the Sun should be done.
maybe it's just me, but posting an online bullying forum seems to be detremental in the wrong way, surely they could stick to the online posts about 'how great page 3 girl x's xxx are, phwoar' and the like rather than things that could make people who are already suffering suffer even more?
probably just me though. As for the general point of the sun being hacked, meh, release the hounds...
as to how, I guess it's more down to how easy they make it. Lots of companies don't consider data security until the last minute, and even then they don't always spend the time and money fixing it. Just look at Sony
this would be a highly-prized list of ...ahem, Sun readers, further self-selected for their enthusiastic response to prize-winning opportunities. What a gift!!.
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