Take that, Sir

12 Feb 1999 View Comments
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Issuing challenges to hackers may not be the smartest idea in the world.

When Gen Technology challenged hackers to break into a site protected by its 'Access Denied' firewall, created by employee Paul Smith, 240,000 tried, and 240,000 failed. So a hacker took an alternative course, added six default notices and a County Court judgement to Mr Smith's financial records, and made sure he was turned down for his mortgage last week.

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