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15-Year-Old Arrested For TalkTalk Attack
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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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10/26/2015 | 11:16:58 PM
"Sequential"
More than anything else, this story really demonstrates the importance of experienced and prepared PR and having good crisis communications.  Here, the CEO just comes off looking like an idiot, which is unfortunate.

Unsurprisingly, the company's stock was down more than 12% yesterday.
RyanSepe
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10/27/2015 | 8:36:02 AM
Re: "Sequential"
Agreed. In cases like this, should the CEO be giving the press release? Or should it be someone with a greater exposure and a higher knowledge base to the current ongoings.
SgS125
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10/27/2015 | 9:15:15 AM
Encryption part of story is meaningless -why include it?
Whether the data was encrypted or not has nothing to do with the ability of an attacker to compromise credentials and steal whatever the stolen account has access to.  In this case probably a service account in a program with full read rights.  Why is the media so obsessed with reporting about encryption?  If someone gets compromised the encryption does NOTHING to protect you.  The media is just spreading ignorance to the public which does not care and can only remember that that encryption is some kind of protection.  A falsehood that is spread.
RajanP605
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10/27/2015 | 10:04:25 AM
Re: "Sequential"
Unfortunately there are many idiots out there with their big egos, total ignorance and just a good vocabulary / speaking skills that cover their ignorance.
Dr.T
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10/27/2015 | 11:54:34 AM
Somebody arrested?
That is surprising that they locate and arrested somebody. We need more examples of these. What is surprising is that although we know what the solution is there is still SQL injection out there.
Dr.T
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10/27/2015 | 11:56:26 AM
Re: "Sequential"
CEOs are never good communicators. They always need PR persons.
Dr.T
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10/27/2015 | 11:58:03 AM
Re: "Sequential"
Agree, it should always be somebody who knows how to communicate to mass audience.
Dr.T
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10/27/2015 | 12:01:32 PM
Re: Encryption part of story is meaningless -why include it?
I would think encryption is part of the solution, without it there are other opportunities to exploit vulnerabilities. SQL injection is just one of those.
Dr.T
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10/27/2015 | 12:08:29 PM
Re: "Sequential"
I hear you, at the same time PR person is critical when there is a security bridge, otherwise things go worse than bridge itself.
Joe Stanganelli
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10/27/2015 | 8:25:58 PM
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@Ryan: Indeed.  I could understand if this was a nimble startup, but not a major ISP or telco!
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