Shostack + Friends Blog Archive


Hackers sabotage Waikato (NZ) food company

Computer hackers have emailed 3000 of the company’s customers, saying a company product – lamb chips – are being recalled due to an infectious agent, and the warning has since been posted on internet message boards.

Sad as it is for Erik Arndt and Aria Farm that this has happened, I think this is interesting as a foretaste of what’s to come as more business happens mostly online, and there’s money to be made in hacking.

“Fine store you’ve got here — shame if your customers were to get email announcing that your credit card database had been stolen…We can help you with that…”

Protecting your revenue stream from this sort of disruption is a fine way to justify security spending. Compare and contrast with “trust,” as suggested in the Computerworld story below.

(From a story” in STUFF.”)