Given the potential for disaster here, it’s surprising that this story didn’t make it into the nationals:
An item of networking kit bought from eBay for just 99p ($1.79) gave privileged access to an internal network at an English county council…
Mason bought the remote access kit for his business, but was surprised when it automatically connected to the internal network of Kirklees Council in Yorkshire as soon as it was switched on and connected to the internet.
Rather than thanking their lucky stars that Andrew Mason is an IT security expert, Kirklees Council seems surprisingly unruffled. :
A spokesman for Kirklees Council described the issue as a concern, but stressed that none of its data was compromised by the breach. Mason said he didn’t do anything more than obtain a screenshot, which proved that internal access had been obtained. “It’s lucky for them I bought it, rather than a black-hat hacker,” he said.