Monthly Archives: December 2012

Has your database been abused? No? It will be…

It was with a strange mixture of amusement and dismay that I read about DVLA having to deny database access to hundreds of organisations. For non-UK readers, the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency (DVLA) is the government organisation that handles vehicle registrations and driving licences. If you want to know, for example, who owns a vehicle, based on its number… Read more »

Xmas comes early for GhostShell

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The GhostShell hacktivist group has been at it again. It has dumped 1.6 million records – mainly database tables – which it claims it took from NASA, ESA, the FBI, Interpol, various defence and aerospace industry firms, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and others. You can read more details at The Register and Information Week. The data dump is accompanied… Read more »

What is a secure password?

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Any password can be cracked, given enough time. All you’re doing when you choose a nice strong password – 20 characters, say, with upper- and lowercase, numerals and symbols – is slow down would-be attackers. Make it complex enough and it might take them an aeon or two to crack it. Even if they’re the NSA. That’s assuming, of course,… Read more »