The Business-Technology Weave

Oct 8 2010   6:23AM GMT

Exponential Threats to Security

David Scott David Scott Profile: David Scott

 

Well here’s a twist to security.  It seems a law firm, specifically ACS: Law, was targeting certain owners of internet accounts.  These accounts were alleged to have accessed and downloaded music and videos that are copyrighted.  ACS:Law sought compensation from the owners for remuneration to clients, with ACS:Law keeping up to a third of the payments.

But ACS:Law has its own problems now…

Some of the folks targeted claimed to be innocent – and indeed, it is possible for nefarious online entities to hijack any of our IP addresses.  Thus, it can look like a hijacked party is the perpetrator of illegal file sharing, when indeed they are not.

But it seems “hacktivists,” unhappy with ACS:Law’s activity, have attacked their servers, first creating a denial-of-service situation, and subsequently exposing over 13,000 records containing sensitive personal information of the folks targeted; names, addresses, internet activity (yikes), and – in cases where people paid up, bank details.

Bank details.

ACS:Law now faces its own huge fine.  And of course, if it is found that they targeted innocent users indiscriminately, that is going to present huge problems of credibility and common business sense.

The lesson?  Whether you’re a company mounting action against others (or on behalf of others, for that matter) – or you’re an individual traipsing across the ‘net, enjoying your day – be very careful in what you do, how you do it, and in the actions you take.

Stay safe out there…

 

October 8th:  On this day in 1860, the telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opened.

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