Security

Hack attack week

It wasn't a good week to be an Alaskan vice-presidential candidate, an online publication or even a multinational science project -- as all were compromised by hackers this week.

It wasn't a good week to be an Alaskan vice-presidential candidate, an online publication or even a multinational science project — as all were compromised by hackers this week.
 
The hysteria surrounding the launch of the Hadron Collider last week was very Luddite-like, it got even worse as one of the systems that analyses the data from the experiment was hacked into.
 
Social engineering returned to the headlines as a hacker was able to exploit the "forgot my password" feature of Yahoo Mail to change Sarah Palin's password to "popcorn" and thus gain access to her email account. In an ironic twist, Palin's Alaskan administration uses Yahoo as an alternative to government email, which could possibly be released to the public under Alaska's Open Records Act.
 
Completing the hack trio is BusinessWeek.com, who had a portion of its site set up to attack a reader's own computer. In this instance, the hackers used an SQL injection to gain access.
 
HP had a busy week. It began with reports that HP is creating a Linux-based OS, then continued to announce that the company will cull 7.5 per cent of its global workforce with an unknown impact on Australia, and ended with ex-CEO Carly Fiorina shooting her mouth off.
 
The other controversy of the week was Ubuntu's decision to incorporate the display of Firefox's EULA in Intrepid Ibex. Mark Shuttleworth jumped to the defence of the decision, then Mozilla Corporation chairperson Mitchell Baker admitted that it had been a "giant error".

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