Feeds

Woolworths join Net dunce brigade

It really doesn't know what it's doing

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

UK retailer Woolworths has joined the illustrious list of companies unable to deal with the Internet. It was the old tale - people being able to read customers credit card details and telephone numbers. Displaying the same ignorance of Internet security as Barclays and PowerGen was one thing, but Woolworths has gone one better.

That's right, it's pulled the site entirely. Pay a visit to www.woolies.co.uk and all you'll get is a blue screen, Woolies' logo and a sign: "The Woolworths store is currently closed". The site was taken down on Tuesday and the company doesn't reckon it'll be up until the end of next week.

Now, you have to wonder why the company needs this long to simply tack on a bit of security. The obvious answer would be that it hasn't got a bleeding clue what it's doing. A slightly ruffled spokesman agreed that two weeks was a long time to sort out its problems but disagreed with our conclusion: "The time is so we can make exhaustive tests and each one is taking ages. We just want to make sure this is a one-off."

We shake our respective heads. ®

Related Stories

Barclays cock-up the tip of an ugly, secret iceberg
Barclays online cockup
PowerGen gives lessons on stupidity
PowerGen credit card security cock-up
PowerGen stems flow to bloody nose

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all
Enterprise, Windows still power firm's shaky money-maker
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.