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Uh oh, Nokia has been hacked...
The extent of the damage appears limited

Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V), currently in the midst of trying to push out Windows Phone 7 product, suffered an embarrassment when its developers website, developers.nokia.com, lost customers' personal information.

The extent of the damage appears limited, according to Nokia.  For most customers, only their email address was lost (so watch out for phishing
!).  For an estimated 7 percent of customers "either birth dates, homepage URL or usernames for AIM, ICQ, MSN, Skype or Yahoo" were also lost. More sensitive information, however, like passwords and usernames, was not in the affected database and remains safe.

Nokia writes:

You may have seen reports or received an email from us regarding a recent security breach on this developer.nokia.com/community discussion forum.

During our ongoing investigation of the incident we have discovered that a database table containing developer forum members' email addresses has been accessed, by exploiting a vulnerability in the bulletin board software that allowed an SQL Injection attack. Initially we believed that only a small number of these forum member records had been accessed, but further investigation has identified that the number is significantly larger.

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. 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 at risk. Other Nokia accounts are not affected.

We are not aware of any misuse of the accessed data, but we are communicating with affected forum members, though we believe the only potential impact to them may be unsolicited email. Nokia apologizes for this incident.

Though the initial vulnerability was addressed immediately, we have now taken the developer community website offline as a precautionary measure, while we conduct further investigations and security assessments. We hope to get the site back online as soon as possible and will post developments here in the meantime.

If you have any questions on this, please contact Nokia.developer-discussions-support@nokia.com.

The Nokia Developer website team.

Nokia is hardly the first major online entity to be hacked by SQL injection, and is unlikely to be the last.  SQL injection (affectionately nicknamed a "Little Bobby Tables" attack by web-comicXKCD), relies on sending malformed queries to a publicly available SQL database hence "injecting" unauthorized commands.  To succeed the attacker must gain physical access to the database (the ability to query it) and the database engine must lack more advanced code to handle malformed queries.  

SQL injection attacks are very preventable -- either by denying public access and/or by properly coding your database.  However, recent years have seen countless SQL injection attacks.  In 2009 Kapersky and the Australian federal police were both hacked via SQL injection.  In 2010The Pirate Bay was hacked via SQL injection.  This year hackers employed the method to penetrate several databases [1][2][3] of Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp. (TYO:6758
).

Thus far Anonymous and other familiar "hacktivists" have not claimed responsibility for the attack.  It is unknown why the hacker(s) responsible targeted the Finnish phone maker.



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RE: Injection without commitment?
By drycrust3 on 8/29/2011 1:39:24 PM , Rating: 2
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It's all about cost vs just leaving it alone.

Well, the cost is that Nokia not only have to pay to fix it, but that they look even more stupid now than they did before.
Of course, one approach is that they just shut that site down as it was a developer site, and since Nokia seems to have gone out of development for the foreseeable future, then that is probably the cheapest option. They only need developers if Microsoft don't cough up with the promised OS in 2013 (or was that 2020?). By then they will be 4 years, millions of Christmas presents, several patent squabbles, half a dozen Android versions, and a whole raft of hardware improvements behind their competitors; as well as being a brand name synonymous with the being "just a phone".
The fact that this might actually get a mention on the minutes for the board of directors isn't important, what is important is whether they accept more excuses from their impartial Microsoft shareholding expert as to why it is good for Nokia to be getting further and further behind in a changing technology market. I don't understand how their shareholders are even happy with not having several decent android smartphones and at least one tablet in the stores in time for Christmas.
If I was a shareholder then the hacking of that site would just about be the last straw.


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