Feeds

IT consultant denies £25m Web site blackmail

Committed to trial

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

IT consultant Graham Browne is to be tried at the Old Bailey in September for attempting to blackmail an unidentified financial institution for £25 million over weak security, Private Eye reports.

Browne denies an alleged threat to compromise the security of Barclays' Barclaycard operation. The blackmail demands were made between March and September last year. Barclays' online banking service - the largest in Britain - was cracked in July last year and collapsed again in February this year.

Customers account details were accessible through the site before the plug was pulled. The bank claimed that no one was able to carry out any fraudulent transactions. But then it would say that. The security threat was thought to be so serious that eight million credit cards would have to be recalled.

Mr Browne, 57, pleaded not guilty to a hearing at the Old Bailey at the start of this month. ®

Related Stories

Barclays goes down on customers
Barclays beats Egg for top online bank crown
Barclays online cockup
Barclays cock-up the tip of an ugly, secret iceberg

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about
NSA fingered as likely source of complex malware family
Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...
FYI this isn't just going to target Windows, Linux and OS X fans
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Home Office: Fancy flogging us some SECRET SPY GEAR?
If you do, tell NOBODY what it's for or how it works
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described
'A degree of technical competence rarely seen'
Syrian Electronic Army in news site 'hack' POP-UP MAYHEM
Gigya redirect exploit blamed for pop-rageous ploy
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.