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Saturday, 23 July 2011

Hackers at work ...

The latest victim of a hacker is no less a body than the august MIT, in Worcester, Mass. Apparently it was as simple as walking up to a server cabinet and plugging in his laptop - then downloading everything ...

Hacking is becoming a really serious threat to everyone. There is a large international group, according to the police, leaderless, but acting in concert against governments and individuals, who take pride in stealing people's work, in raiding sensitive information and in spreading it to the public. Some of their 'hacks' make the News of the World scandal look like amateurs.

Most of the 'social' media sites are now fertile ground for these operators. They can glean vast amounts of information from those of us who are not particularly savvy when it comes to protecting our data.

For me, the irony is that these hackers think they are 'liberating' themselves and everyone else by their actions ...

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