ComputerWeekly reported today that the, the computer equipment seller, has been hacked, with customer credit card information, phone numbers and e-mail addresses stolen. The site shows a banner from McAfee's ScanAlert service showing that it is "hacker-safe."

Of course, the very small print


says, "This information is intended as a relative indication of the security efforts of this website and its operators. While this, or any other, vulnerability testing cannot and does not guarantee security, it does show that this site meets meets all payment card industry guidelines for remote web server vulnerability testing to help protect your personal information from hackers: HACKER SAFE does not mean hacker proof. ..."

I guess that is a reminder to us all.


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