'D'oh!': Homer Simpson Helps Hacker Hit Nokia Website
A hacker leaked the personal data of Nokia's developers forum website.
Smartphone company Nokia has taken down its developer community discussion website after someone hacked into it and leaked the private information of its members albeit it with dose of Homer Simpson-style humor.
This morning (Aug. 29), Nokia posted a message on developer.nokia.com/community alerting users that "a database table containing developer forum members' email addresses" was accessed after a hacker or cybercriminal group exploited a flaw in the site's bulletin board software.
According to the security firm Sophos, before Nokia took down the compromised site, visitors were redirected to a third-party Web page showing an image of Homer Simpson wincing, with his eyes clenched in pain and his hand to his head and shouting "D'OH!"
Along with the picture, there was a message from the attacker that read, "Owned by pr0tect0r AKA mrNRG. LOL. Worlds [sic] number 1 mobile company but not spending a dime for server security! FFS patch your [sic] security holes otherwise you will be just another antisec [sic] victim. No Dumping, No Leaking!"
(AntiSec is the anti-government hacking movement spearheaded in June by the LulzSec and Anonymous hacking groups.)
The Nokia data breach also may have exposed forum members' names, birth dates and usernames for AIM, MSN, Skype and Yahoo. Because the breached database contained no credit card details, Nokia believes no financial information was accessed.
Data breaches are, unfortunately, quite common: in a June survey conducted by Ponemon Research and the software firm Juniper Networks, 90 percent of the companies polled reported suffering a network security breach at least once in the past year.
Some of the major companies that have been hacked recently include RSA, Epsilon, Citigroup, Nintendo, Google, PBS, and of course, Sony Online Entertainment , a massive breach that affected more than 100 million customers.