There’s been a bit of an uptick in stories about hackers lately. Be it a massive bank falling prey to a basic security exploit, a major electronics vendor losing their gaming network, or someone trying to excuse his inappropriate online behavior on them, hackers are everywhere. This time the victim is the 163-year-old newspaper, News of the World.
Except there’s one major difference this time: the News Corp hacking case comes from within. For those who haven’t been following, the paper was accused of engaging in hacking the cellphones of relatives of soldiers killed in action and of the families of terror victims. James Murdoch, the deputy chief operating officer of News Corporation, said:
“The good things the News of the World does … have been sullied by behavior that was wrong. Indeed, if recent allegations are true, it was inhuman and has no place in our company.”
A very strong statement, but not as strong as the shutting down of an entire newspaper, with hundreds of employees. Fighting cliches about babies and bathwater, one has to wonder if this is actually helpful. After all, people are sure to see this as an admission of guilt, or at least culpability. Plus, where was this reaction last April?
Should these allegations be true, then whoever did this just ruined a lot more lives than just the people whose phones they hacked.