Hackers penetrate website for Nokia developers
Named and shamed by Homer Simpson
Nokia suffered an embarrassing security breach over the weekend when hackers penetrated one of its community websites and accessed names, email addresses, and other information belonging to developers of smartphone apps.
Nokia posted a message that warned developers that their information was exposed after hackers exploited a vulnerability that allowed them to carry out a SQL-injection attack.
“The database table records includes members' email addresses and, for fewer than 7% who chose to include them in their public profile, either birth dates, homepage URL or usernames for AIM, ICQ, MSN, Skype or Yahoo,” the Nokia advisory warned. “However, they do not contain sensitive information such as passwords or credit card details and so we do not believe the security of forum members' accounts is a risk. Other Nokia accounts are not affected.”
Nokia admins quickly fixed the bug that made the attack possible, but they soon took the developer community website offline pending a security assessment. At time of writing, the discussion boards weren't accessible. Nokia's advisory said the service would be restored as soon as possible.
Before the hacked site was closed, people visiting it were redirected to a website that showed an image of Homer Simpson smacking his head and exclaiming “D'Oh.” Below the image were the words “Worlds number 1 mobile company but not spending a dime for server security! FFS patch you security holes otherwise you will be just another antisec victim. No Dumping, No Leaking!”
Quite the pertinent remark
New opportunities for social engineering, too.
Nokia is changing it's websites etc.. perfect time to attack.
With the move to MS I'll bet there is a lot happening in Nokia's web teams; porting from a server platform to Windows, adding lots more hardware to restore performance, unfamiliar tools, rapid closing some web properties to try and panic people onto Live! etc (ovi Calendar goes dark in a few days).
In short; cometh the hour, cometh the cracker; with strangers, deadlines, new technologies, demands for a 'test copy of the database', disheartened engineers, middle managers who want to make it big in MS and wont listen to anybody deemed negative. It's a perfect time to plan a spearphishing holiday followed by a little light downloading and extortion?
that Nokia actually have any developers left, as Symbian is more or less dead, and I don't think any developer would be stupid enough to bother with the stillborn Windows Phone 7 platform...