Feb 28, 2013

ABC hack attack: online security is getting worse

Hacking is getting easier, and any criminal with a cause -- or even without one -- can now bring down companies' websites and access users' personal information. The latest victim is the ABC.

Stilgherrian — Technology writer and broadcaster


Technology writer and broadcaster

There’s nothing special about yesterday’s hack of an ABC website. But that’s precisely why it heralds a future where any organisation can be a target, along with any individuals connected with it. Things are going to get worse.

What we have here is a routine random hacktivist strike against a target of opportunity vaguely connected with the cause of his or her ire, with the exposure of innocent bystanders’ personal data as collateral damage. It just got more media coverage because it happened on the journalists’ own patch.

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3 thoughts on “ABC hack attack: online security is getting worse

  1. Shaniq'ua Shardonn'ay

    “The problem with Anonymous is that it’s like a bloke with a hammer forever wandering around looking for nails” – I’d prefer that to a bloke with a hammer looking to hit me on the head and steal my money. They expose how fragile the defenses on the internet really are.

  2. Chris Williams

    Geert Wilders is a classic and extreme example of ‘a little bit of knowledge being a dangerous thing.’

    Can there be any doubt that his characterisation of muslim immigration to Scandanavian countries is accurate and a fair representation? He said this in the Dutch Parliament in 2007:

    “Islam is the Trojan Horse in Europe. If we do not stop Islamification now, Eurabia and Netherabia will just be a matter of time. One century ago, there were approximately 50 Muslims in the Netherlands. Today, there are about 1 million Muslims in this country. Where will it end? We are heading for the end of European and Dutch civilisation as we know it. Where is our Prime Minister in all this? In reply to my questions in the House he said, without batting an eyelid, that there is no question of our country being Islamified. Now, this reply constituted a historical error as soon as it was uttered. Very many Dutch citizens, Madam Speaker, experience the presence of Islam around them. And I can report that they have had enough of burkas, headscarves, the ritual slaughter of animals, so‑called honour revenge, blaring minarets, female circumcision, hymen restoration operations, abuse of homosexuals, Turkish and Arabic on the buses and trains as well as on town hall leaflets, halal meat at grocery shops and department stores, Sharia exams, the Finance Minister’s Sharia mortgages, and the enormous overrepresentation of Muslims in the area of crime, including Moroccan street terrorists.”

    Yet stupidly, this man who does no more than articulate the understandable fears of any country being increasingly populated by people from religiously alien culture – which incidentally he has visited and given great praise in their homelands – doesn’t ask why this immigration is happening and idiotically praises the very country – Israel – which is doing everything it can to ensure this immigration to the Netherlands happens as fast as possible.

    Geerts is thus a tragic figure. Not only can he not see which country is behind the Islamisation of the Netherlands he actually praises it as the bulwark of freedom against it. He needs to understand that his Prime Minister is silent because his Prime Minister’s political party is funding handsomely by the B’nai B’rith Anti Defamation League (ADL) and other fronts for Israel which seek immigration to every country of the world other than Israel, as a means for weakening their cultures. And doing so enlisting the support and funding of known gangsters.

    If anyone doubts what I say about the ADL they should read:

    * Robert Friedman “The Jewish Thought Policy : How the Anti-Defamation league Censors Books, Intimidates Librarians and Spies on Citizens”, The Village Voice, 27 July 1993)

    ** Las Vegas Review- Journal (1999). Also Wikipedia:

  3. Jim Masonic

    Good to see you writing for Crikey Stil’.

    Cheers from an old 3D Radio buddy 😉 Keep up the good work!

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