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‘PC for £100’ company hacked

Smartalk attracts attention of cyber criminals

The ‘PC for £100’ company, Smartalk, has been hacked - possibly by a disgruntled employee or customer.

An unidentified hacker infiltrated the Smartalk site on 30 July and left a message on the web page stating ‘Do not trust these people.’

Smartalk is the parent company of pchelp, which was covered in PC Advisor’s Septemer issue Consumerwatch section. It offers a PC for £100 in return for a customer filling in a number of surveys over 2 years.

Managing director of the company Johnson Williamson was contacted, but declined to comment. It is believed the police have not been contacted yet.

Steve Ward, business development manager at IT security company, Intensiti T echnologies said that between 60 and 70 percent of hacks originate from disgruntled staff. However he added: "There is also the unique breed of hacker - the cyber warrior.

They see themselves as freedom fighters on the net attempting to free it from commercial uses."

Ward added that other potential hacking threats come from contract hacking, where a competitor pays a hacker to either gather information or simply crash a system for commercial gain.


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