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Make friends with a hacker

Hackers seem to be very interesting people. I say this based on what I read since as far as I  know, I have no hacking acquantiances. But as  our society becomes ever more dependent on the internet, there will  be more of these cybercrooks or Robin Hoods, depending on one’s point of view. Or it may depend on whether or not one has been victimized by their talents. For that is one thing on which we can agree. They are quite talented.

Anyone who is  a fan of NCIS is quite familiar with Timothy McGee, aka “probie” and his talents at hacking into systems as complex as the Pentagon  and CIA. Watching the show I marvel at his skill and how Gibbs can employ it to his advantage in solving a crime. But at the same I have often wondered  if  there are actually  people  out there doing what McGee does or at  least trying to do it?

After reading an online article today, I fear that the answer is yes. It appears that online marketer Epsilon has been hacked and its online systems somewhat compromised. Who is Epsilon and why should I be concerned about them being hacked? It might be the fact that among their clients are such names as  Citigroup, College Board, Capitol One, Walgreens and Verizon Communications, names with which many of us are familiar.

Epsilon is a unit of Alliance Data Systems, Inc and  as an online marketer sends more than 40 billion ( that’s billion with a “b” ) emails annually composed of ads or offers. But, don’t worry. Some of the companies affected are telling their customers that no sensitive info was released ( at least so far) and as for Epsilon, they are fully co-operating in the investigation. But that cannot confirm which companies have been affected or how many people or what kind of data. Feeling warm and fuzzy yet? Or maybe wanting to scale back  on your online activity?  Maybe I need to check my email to see if perhaps there is  a company on the list with which I have had contact. McGee, I need help!

By the way, would you like to have  Jessica Simon’s job right now? She just happens to the spokesperson for Epsilon. Gonna  be  a busy person for   a while.

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April 3, 2011 - Posted by | Media, Technology | , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. All My Dearest Hackers
    you must hack all other’s accounts
    except ours

    Comment by Satyajay Mandal | April 25, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hackers i love you so much keep doing that you are indeed heroes of the 21 century,
    But contact me i need you training, Iwill be who ever you want me to be
    Contact me at::::–> william_Cognot@live.com
    But don’t hacke me

    Comment by william Congnot | May 10, 2011 | Reply

  3. Oh, really? What if I felt like hacking your account? Be careful who you request to be friends with.

    Comment by Anonymous | September 6, 2011 | Reply

  4. i wish to be a great hacker but i don’t know too well about it.

    Comment by david timmy | November 22, 2012 | Reply


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