UK Justice Secretary Jack Straw gets hacked

Computer Security

jack-straw.jpgThe UK government’s Justice Secretary, The Right Honorable Jack Straw MP, has been hacked by Nigerian fraudsters, who sent out hundreds of emails to his constituents and Government figures asking for cash because he’d lost his wallet on charity work in Africa.

Straw says that everything’s okay because it was only his constituency office that was hacked, not his official Government address. I’m sure that’ll make his constituents feel better, who’ve apparently been calling the office asking about the email. Only one replied, and his or her Hotmail account has since been suspended by Microsoft.

(via BBC)

Duncan Geere
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One thought on “UK Justice Secretary Jack Straw gets hacked

  • So, Jack Straw thinks everything is okay and no harm has been done?

    Hmm.. I’m not so sure.

    After all, these hackers have gained access to his address book *and* the emails that he has received from and sent to his constituents. Identity thieves might find some of that information very useful, and at the very least those addresses can now expect to find themselves on the lists of spammers.

    Maybe if Straw had been more careful with his computer security then this incident would not have happened.

    It’s pretty embarrassing for the guy who set up the National High Tech Crime Unit.

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