News itemEvil haxxor was caught before he destroyed vital financial databases, an act which probably would have plunged the world in a global financial crisis. Whew, fortunately that didn't happen! http://tinyurl.com/EvilPlanThwarted
      – BorgClown, 2009-02-01 at 01:44:13   (9 comments)

On 2009-02-01 at 01:45:03, BorgClown wrote...
The good guys win, I guess... No, they didn't.
On 2009-02-01 at 12:58:52, Thelevellers wrote...
Erm. Huh?
On 2009-02-02 at 09:50:38, Lee J Haywood wrote...
This reminds me of the increasing move towards large government databases with everyone's personal details on them. They're just disasters waiting to happen, yet somehow inevitable when the government tries to automate processing of all its citizens at once with a single, integrated system. As for the 'hack' itself, it takes a lot of ingenuity to hide such a thing and that takes time. If you're trying to set something up on the day you're fired, you've got little chance of having it not linked back to you. Even though he had time before they disabled his access, he still had to rush the thing which made it more likely he'd be caught - and his anger or whatever towards them wouldn't have helped.
On 2009-02-02 at 20:09:40, Baslisks wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: I don't see the government ever implementing an effective database and attempts they make towards one will only continue to fuck things up for people. If they just treated individuals on their independent actions we would be in a much better place I just noticed I really like how you format text, it makes things so much nicer to read. the slight indentation alleviates my troubles of trying to use enter as a paragraph break.
On 2009-02-03 at 00:40:29, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: I wonder why he was caught. He had very high security privileges, I suppose he should have hid the time bomb in a seldom run (or modified) process, like the ones used for year's end archival. Alter the binary but not the source, and wait. Aiming for a precise date is nothing but ego candy. I really think honesty is very widespread, besides the corrupt ones, lots people in positions of power use it responsibly.
On 2009-02-03 at 09:38:25, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It's simply far easier to use a scripting language than anything else, and he knew his access would be cut off at some unknown time in the immediate future. They made it sound like he planned a lot of destruction, but as you say the backups made it so that they could recover when necessary - corrupting them is the hardest thing of all, but then no-one ever checks that backups are viable.
On 2009-02-03 at 19:42:34, Thelevellers wrote...
As Frankie Boyle said on the UK ID card and database scheme: 'It wont make it impossible to steal your identity, it'll just mean that once it's gone your f*cked!' Nuff said, I believe?!
On 2009-02-03 at 21:05:10, Baslisks wrote...
I can see some one taking a merry stroll with an electromagnet down the server stacks...
On 2009-02-04 at 19:29:14, Thelevellers wrote...
Lol - one day, maybe, I'll have the reason and the bollocks to do that!