Thursday, January 10, 2008

Famous Last Words ...

Here's an interesting story from the BBC News Clarkson stung after bank prank. Jeremy Clarkson, host of the TV show Top Gear, was downplaying the risks associated with the October 2007 loss of two CDs containing personal information on 25 million people. To illustrate that furor over the data loss was much ado about nothing, Clarkson published his own personal information - details of his Barclays account, and how to find his address - in The Sun tabloid.

As he detailed in his Sunday Times column, Clarkson learned his lesson very quickly, when a reader using the details he provided created a £500 ($982.75) direct debit to the charity Diabetes UK.

According to Wikipedia, Clarkson
is an English broadcaster, and writer who specialises in motoring. He writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun, but is better known for his role on the BBC TV show Top Gear.
I see two lessons here:
#1 Don't stray too far from what you know - your core competency.
#2 Never, never, never dare a hacker!

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