Teeth make smiles, and smiles make sales - Unidentified Harrods person in Alan Sugar's The Apprentice
INSECURITY OUTFIT Imperva has spotted a hacker who is flogging access to military, educational, and government websites for bargain basement prices.
Imperva found the hacker's offer on Friday and thinks he gained access to the websites using an SQL injection technique.
Getting into the US Army and National Guard websites will set you back $499 each. US Department of Defense websites are bit cheaper and access costs $399.
The prospect of getting bundled into a plane and flown somewhere to be waterboarded is priceless, we guess.
The hacker is also flogging personal data at the going rate of $20 for 1,000 names, addresses, and telephone numbers.
He offers to scan a website for security vulnerabilities for a mere $2, "hack a normal website" for $10, hack a "high-profile website" for the open-ended $10+, or give a customer 3MB of random hacked accounts for $65.
All up it appears to be the sort of cottage industry that is springing up among those who are short of a bob or two and for whom government austerity measures are making a life of crime appear worthwhile. µ