11 Information Technology in a Global Society, Stuart Gray, 2011 EXAMPLESIn 2008 US Republican candidate Sarah Palin’s webmail was compromised by hackers. The attack was relatively simple: the attackers used the password reset mechanism of her account and, when asked for her personal details, they used details freely available on the Internet. This enabled the attackers to reset Palin’s password and leak her s onto the Internet.In 2009 a web hosting company lost the web sites of 100,000 customers after its servers were attacked. The company had updated its software with the latest security patches but the attackers targeted a newly reported, and unfixed vulnerability – a so called zero day exploit. The attackers deleted large amounts of data from the servers. Many of the customers had signed up for hosting without backup facilities, meaning they were unable to retrieve their data.Information Technology in a Global Society, Stuart Gray, 2011
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