“He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” Confucius
A whistle-blower from defunct Nortel (a Canadian telecoms company), has just released information that indicates that Nortel was the victim of an attack spanning years!
The attack was allegedly undertaken from China, the attackers managed to get access to systems and services within the network, and then use these anchor points to steal information over a period of up to ten years….
But what is more astounding was that Mr Zafirovski, Nortel’s CEO between 2005 – 2009, told the wall street journal that him and other staff:
“did not see it as a significant issue”
I found this astounding, that a CEO of a (former) major Canadian company, would actually say that they did not think that a hacker having access to their network, was not a significant issue….
So he (and his staff) did not think it was a significant issue that:
- Members of the public’s sensitive data was at risk
- Employees sensitive data was at risk
- Credit/Debit card information of any type was at risk
- Any third parties they had access to technologically were at risk
- Every person using the telco ops was potentially at risk.
- Every business using the telco ops was potentially at risk
It is astounding that in this day and age a CEO and a board of directors would not take a security issue seriously….