[LINK] Super fund security breach lands good Samaritan in hot water
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Tue Oct 18 18:26:20 AEDT 2011
Super bad: First State set police on man who showed them how 770,000
accounts could be ripped off
From the article:
Asked whether the legal letter was heavy-handed given that Webster
could have just as easily released the vulnerability to the hacking
community, Dwyer said First State Super approached police as a matter
of course when there was a privacy breach. [PRIVACY breach? This was
a security breach. They report to the police, which is good, but
makes me wonder if this is standard practice.]
He said Webster's actions were more serious because he did not just
access his own or a mate's account, but hundreds of other customer
accounts, to prove the security flaw was real.
"While we were appreciative of him showing us a weakness in our
security systems the size of the downloads concerned us greatly and
the fact that it was a major breach of the privacy provisions of our
members," Dwyer said in a phone interview.
Dwyer acknowledged that the fact that the account information was
exposed, potentially opening up members to identity theft, was
"disappointing". But he said checks thus far had indicated that no
one else had accessed the files in the way Webster had. [how in the
heck would he know?? it was a matter of just changing the numbers in
the URL. I guess they could scan their logs???]
NSW Police said it was not taking any further action on this matter.
"There was no criminal offence committed and the company in question
has been informed of the outcome. It was more a case of a
civic-minded person reporting a potential security breach."
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner did not respond to a request
[At least the police used common sense!]
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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