June 27, 2011, 3:09 PM — Now that LulzSec has put itself out of business you'd think we could spend less time talking about one organization after another having its security cracked and customer-account data stolen.
Unfortunately, the hack in which someone cracked NATO and may have taken the whole database of its e-book customers happened before LulzSec left the stage and all illegal major hacks attempting to steal customer data from corporate, government and military organizations stopped.
Despite the lasting impression caused by all the farewell stories this morning (including ours), it appears the LulzSec six weren't the only ones poking sticks at the security of officialdom all this time.
NATO warned member countries last month that Anonymous was taking an unhealthy interest in it and to watch out for impending attacks. When the attack came, NATO missed it.
The warning was part of an elevated state of alert following the decision late last year to increase NATO's online security. Apparently the organization that played murderous games of spy-vs-spy with the Soviet Union while facing down the evil empire in a confrontation in which each was ready every second to touch off an all-out nuclear battle that would incinerate all life on Earth and even make life difficult for cockroaches and insurance salespeople, wasn't paying too much attention to keeping its firewall in shape.
The good news is that the entity that was cracked wasn't the one with the missiles. It was an e-Bookshop run by an external company that sells NATO publications.
The bad news is that cops investigating the attack had to tell NATO it had happened, not the other way around.
Maybe it should let Cyberspace into NATO the way it did Poland, Romania and both Slovakia and Slovenia (even though they're secretly the same country, despite one portraying the other's evil twin by wearing glasses and an evil mustache).
Then at least when it was attacked online it could respond with missiles, which would be marginally more effective than yelling "watch out guys," which is what it appears to have done in this case.
Boris and Natasha would be embarrassed to accept a victory like that one. Anonymous has so far not given any hints about its capacity for embarrassment. But then, it is friends with LulzSec.