Another day another IT Security breach

This morning I was at Georges Hospital in Tooting for one of my regular visits. Once again the doctor leaves the room and leaves his computer unlocked. I was able to grab this photograph and other information on my medical record. (I wont post that stuff here, neither will I post the picture of my penis as it will take you 6 months to scroll down to see the full length!)   IMG_0344   I last wrote about data protection breaches in September 2013 on this very blog. In 3 years nothing has changed at St Georges Hospital, doctors are still putting patients personal information at risk. This is a shocking state of affairs, just because staff cannot be bothered to lock their workstations before they leave a room. As someone who has worked hard on IT security related matters in the NHS in the past I find this a crying shame. If I had 2 more minutes I would have quite easily have had information on other patients as well that I could have posted here. I certainly would not have minded the personal phone number of the drop dead gorgeous blond lady in the short dress who was in reception at the same time! Note to St Georges Hospital. This is bloody unacceptable in this day and age. Next time I will name and shame your staff here.

Security is a wonderful thing! Please let me burgle your house!

Adobe, a very large and successful computer software company had their systems hacked most recently. Nothing new in that companies get hacked every day. There are even occasions when they try and hack me. On this occasion information on over 150 million users was stolen and some of it posted online! According to the BBC however it seems individuals will not wake up and smell the coffee. According to this article so many of the passwords were so weak. Lets break this down. These were the top 20 passwords:

Top 20 passwords

  • 123456
  • 123456789
  • password
  • adobe123
  • 12345678
  • qwerty
  • 1234567
  • 111111
  • photoshop
  • 123123
  • 1234567890
  • 000000
  • abc123
  • 1234
  • adobe1
  • macromedia
  • azerty
  • iloveyou
  • aaaaaa
  • 654321

I’m sorry this is like walking around town with “Mug Me” tattooed to your forehead and fifty pound notes hanging openly out of your wallet. You might as well leave the front door and all the windows of your house open and invite the burglars in! How would you feel if these hackers emptied your bank account? In this day and age the security of personal information is as important as personal security and home security. Using passwords such as the ones above is a silly silly thing to do and only puts you at further risk. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.The other thing here is that most people will reuse the same email address and password for different networks such as banking, Facebook, Twitter and much much more. For the avoidance of doubt as a seasoned IT Professional I recommend using passwords of between 10 and 18 characters that includes special characters such as !, *, &, – or #, capital letters and numbers. For the avoidance of further doubt Adobe have themselves to blame for this attack as well. It would seem that they haven’t been too security conscious either. I mentioned above that the hackers try and have a pop at me occasionally. What do they get away with? Nothing, Zilch, Nada, Zero. Why? Because I take my own advice and make sure the shop is secure! If you are using silly passwords please, please please; wake up and smell the coffee.