November 30, 2011, 10:27 AM — Santa's Workshop is the latest victim of a high-profile, high-value data breach following an intrusion that allowed thieves to make off with the contents of Christmas-critical data including the highly sensitive Naughty/Nice list for 2011, according to a press release posted yesterday by New York-based database security and intrusion-prevention software developer Application Security, Inc.
The Naughty/Nice database included details of the 2011 naughty/nice track record for millions of children and adults as well as their names, street addresses, email addresses and other contact information.
The user data, paired with logistical data such as Santa's secret delivery routes and methods, lists of requests from both children and adults, presents designated for those on the right side of the Naughty/Nice divide and details of what the Naughty did to deserve their lumps of coal.
Data so complete could be used either to harass or prevent Santa's own progress at Xmas, North Pole sources confirmed. It could also be used to identify the Nice who are scheduled to receive the best presents and target them for post-Xmas burglaries or mail theft.
Details from the Naughty list could be used either to blackmail those on the list, or to prequalify those who are the right kind of Naughty as potential targets for hackers seeking mates or dates for themselves.
"Our entire organization has been compromised," according to a quote within the release that was attributed to a Mrs. Claus, COO for Santa's Workshop."Due to the sensitive nature of the data jeopardized by this breach, Santa's Workshop and its thousands of employees face the very real prospect of being shut down."
Only hackers with no sense of conscience, propriety, or fear of being naughty-listed could have been so crass as to attack Santa's Workshop during the final run-up to Xmas, raising the annual stakes in the race to save Christmas.
Suspects include disgruntled database admin Hermey– the malcontent-elf-turned-dentist portrayed in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – the allegedly non-human, yeti-like mythical creature known as The Grinch as well as the hacktivist group Anonymous, the leading Usual Suspect scapegoat for high-profile digital crimes, at least within the U.S. and Britain.