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Five men working at UK-based IT security reseller Quadsys confessed today to hacking into a rival's database. Owner Paul Streeter, managing director Paul Cox, director Alistair Barnard, account manager Steve Davies and security consultant Jon Townsend appeared before the beak at Oxford Crown Court. All five pleaded guilty to …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    That's a great thing to have on your CV when customers are looking for a trustworthy security vendor.

  2. Gene Cash Silver badge

    plunder customer information

    Avast ye scurvy corporate swabs and prepare to be boarded!!

    Ahem. Sorry. Mine's the one with the sleeves that go all the way 'round

  3. adnim

    Security professionals?

    Professional enough to hack into a rivals database.

    Amateur enough to be caught.

    1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      Re: Security professionals?

      Not a badge of honour for the rival security biz that got hacked either.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Security professionals?

        Agreed! I do hope the powers that be also name the name the hackees and not just the hackers.

    2. Mark 85

      Re: Security professionals?

      It doesn't say much about the 'high-level" accreditations either.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Security is a cycle

    break into systems >> get caught >> become an Information Security Consultant >> Look for customers >> break into systems to find them.

    In the US last year we had the owner of a security company running two websites. One allowing criminals to offer their services with the website verifying completion and then paying the criminal from an escrow fund. The other was one that offered a similar thing but in reverse, hiring freelance security people to clean up after break ins and compromises.

    He was a Certified Ethical Hacker and when exposed he simply changed his business plan to not allow illegal activity.

    If crime increased with the number of police departments added I think we might start to wonder if the cops were crooks.

    1. Mark 85

      Re: Security is a cycle

      It's the stories like this one in El Reg and the one in the NYT that hint that computer security is not what we think it is.

    2. Bumpy Cat

      Re: Security is a cycle

      In theory Certified Ethical Hacker and similar qualifications (CISSP etc) come with a code of conduct, and breaking the code results in automatic loss of the qualification. It's questionable how or if this is tracked by the certifying body, and what steps they would take against someone who has "lost" the certification but continues to claim it on the web or Linkedin.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Security is a cycle

        It depends on what the certification is. Certification in the UK from one of the CESG approved CBs is very definitely lost if the certified person breaches the code of conduct. Anyone falsely claiming to be certified when they are not receives an invitation to a meeting without coffee. I'm not aware of anyone brazen enough to claim that they have certification that they do not after that experience. There is also a privately run organisation (TSAR) that checks the certification status of consultants and confirms their status to client organisations.

  5. myhandler

    How was it discovered? Fingerprints or a colleague who was disgusted?

    Is the company out of business? It should be.

  6. ravenviz Silver badge

    Play nice

    Obviously Compliance training would have prevented this ...

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