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Electronics giant Philips has been hacked for the second time in a month and its databases raided. Usernames and encrypted passwords were leaked after the breach. It is not clear at this moment whether email addresses or the actual contents of corporate emails were included in the records dumped from the company's SQL databases …

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Twice in a month?

Their goal may be to alert people to lax security in big corperations, but the big corperations seem to be deaf to it.

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Re: Twice in a month?

Their goal is to demonstrate how smart they are to their online peer group. It's all about status.

Any other motivation offered is just an excuse for that.

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I don't get how hacking and exposing peoples user details on Philips is somehow sticking it to the man, or being a 'hacktivist'.

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When all you have is a hammer, you try to pound stuff into the first available plank.

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I'm not speaking for the people doing it, but there is a very good reason. A security flaw existed, and apparently continues to exist. Because the flaw and the scope of the damage is now public, people know to protect themselves against it.

If it was not public, the issue would still exist but it would likely be used quietly by criminals and no one would be the wiser until it was too late.

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