Forget the nerd hacker, this is organised crime


...Apparently, we had been "compromised" and, moreover, "penetrated". Even the words made me squirm. My chances of replacing Kiefer Sutherland in 24, always slim, have long gone. Tragically, I am no one's idea of an international man of mystery. But there it was: someone, somewhere, had inserted devilish software into my laptop, thanks to the wonders of the internet, and used it to rack up calls to South America.

The man from BT managed to explain all this while avoiding neatly any use of the word "reimburse". The scam, and others like it, is not the company's problem, thanks all the same. If anything, we were supposed to consider ourselves fortunate. According to Mr BT, some poor innocents have been hit for thousands of pounds, thanks to hijacked computers. What's more, the problem is getting worse.

The man from BT managed to explain all this while avoiding neatly any use of the word "reimburse". The scam, and others like it, is not the company's problem, thanks all the same. If anything, we were supposed to consider ourselves fortunate. According to Mr BT, some poor innocents have been hit for thousands of pounds, thanks to hijacked computers. What's more, the problem is getting worse. Forget the nerd hacker, this is organised crime - The Herald

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 10th October 2006 3:25AM