All posts tagged 'Hacking'

This cybernetic satan has cost me days of my life after hacking

by The Codgers' Club Saturday, February 9 2013

by Peter Cook

In case any of my email contacts are in any doubt, I am not destitute in Spain, I have not been robbed, and you don’t have to send me any money. Well you can if you like, but to my home address, not to Spain.

I am not a vindictive man. But I hope the demonic low-life perversion of a living organism that hacked my account has his underpants infested with the scorpions of hell.

This cybernetic satan has cost me days of my life. I have had to find my way through the mind-destroying underworld of the internet in vain attempts to get back online.

I have had my brain cells corroded by inane music for hours as I hung on and hung on to a helpline that seemed destined never to answer. When it was answered I was told to call another number.

I have had to change dozens of passwords, most of which I had long forgotten anyway, and lain awake at night lest the few shillings left in my bank account are being siphoned away by this blob of malignant slime.

I’ve even had my Facebook account shut down, though this could be a good thing. I’m still undecided about Facebook.

Having one’s account hacked certainly teaches you how much we rely these days on the internet.

If we want the best prices on our gas and electricity bills, we have to pay them online. I am still registered for VAT and you can only pay that through the net. There are no high street shops anymore, so the internet is the only way to buy many of the things we need.

I can’t believe that the criminals who try this kind of trick actually make any money from it.

The messages they put out in your name are couched in a phraseology that is clearly compiled by someone for whom English is not their first language. Who do they think they are fooling?

So I am more than a little displeased with this person as I think I may have mentioned.

I hope they become tangled in a cyber-web so convoluted and devious, that they disappear up their own USB portals.

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Categories: Internet | Moaning | Moans and groans

Setback for Kent schools: Gove's revenge? Plus: Kent MPs at the hacking hearings

by Paul on Politics, by political editor Paul Francis Wednesday, July 20 2011

THERE may be some who think Michael Gove has extracted revenge on Kent County Council for its temerity in taking the government to court over the cancellation of secondary school re-building projects.

They are wrong. It is true that KCC may not be, as Eric Pickles might say, the best of chums with the DfE but the government was never likely to revisit its original decision to scrap the BSF scheme and agree to the redevelopment plans for Thanet and Gravesham schools. How could it, after Gove was so critical of the previous government's programme and its costly bureaucracy?

KCC took a risk over its Judicial Review but on balance, it was a risk that has - notwithstanding the decision by Michael Gove - had some dividends. The legal costs and the contractual liabilities incurred by KCC look like being fully recovered, which is good news for the taxpayer.

And the government cannot now be unaware of the plight of those schools in Kent that urgently need redeveloping. 

What matters now is whether they will qualify for help under the new 'low cost' PFI scheme being proposed by the DfE. £500m sounds like a lot of money but less so when you consider that every education authority in the country will be pitching for a share of.

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Two Kent backbenchers were involved in yesterday's dramatic hacking hearings. Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins was on the media select committee and was among the more effective inquisitors, particularly in his line of questioning towards Rebekah Brooks - her answers underlined the view that the main fault was one of senior editors and managers not really having a grip on what was going on and being kept out of the loop.

He didn't quite get to the point of asking explicitly how it was that editors and managers satisfied themselves of the sources (and methods) used to get various scoops but did extract from Brooks an acknowledgement that it was - as the MP put it - incredible that information about the hacking of Milly Dowler's phone was passed to Surrey police without, apparently, anyone sharing that fact with anyone in an executive position at NI.

Rochester and Strood MP Mark Reckless has blogged here about his line of questioning at the home affairs select committee.

 

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Categories: Politics

Why hacking scandal is an achiles heel for Cameron

by Paul on Politics, by political editor Paul Francis Friday, July 8 2011

When voters in Kent go to the polls in 2015 to elect a new government, will they be pausing in the ballot box to reflect on how the government handled the hacking scandal and David Cameron's choice of Andy Coulson as his press chief?

No, tof course they won't. The state of the economy, the health service, schools and the nation's general prospects will be far more important and the conclusions of a Judicial inquiry into the Press will not be foremost in voters' minds.

Nevertheless, our view of politicians is influenced as much by what we think about their personal judgements and character as it by how they have run the country.

Which is why David Cameron is, arguably for the first time, finding people wondering about his sureness of touch and why it matters how he is responding to the current hacking scandal.

You won't find many people who will now give him credit for appointing Andy Couslon and, if it turns out that he is charged and convicted, people will wonder even more about the decision.

Like Blair, Cameron has (notwithstanding his Eton background) sought to capitalise on the sense that he is a "regular guy" who "gets it" when it comes to how the public view the government and its actions in responding to the kind of everyday challenges and problems most of us have.

But he has been on the back foot for much of this week and his usual adroitness in identifying with the general climate of public opinion over an issue has deserted him. 

He is now discovering how easy it is for the public's trust and faith to be eroded. Trust and integrity are incredibly valuable commodities for any politician.

And for a leader, it can be fatal to appear to be more concerned about the vested interests of commercial conglomerates and big business than the man or woman struggling to get through a recession. He is fortunate that it has not only the Conservatives who have danced to Murdoch's tune over the years.

Cameron has time to recover lost ground. But the hacking scandal has exposed a vulnerability and lack of deftness in the PM that has wounded him and left a nasty scar.

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Categories: Politics

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