The day I broke Bebo – and a lesson about opportunity

The day I broke Bebo – and a lesson about opportunity

The grind of the day job My memory should be hazy. It was roughly 11 - 12 years ago now, but I remember that week like it was yesterday. It was the week opportunity first came knocking for me. I wandered into the head office car park of the agricultural retailer I worked for as a fresh faced (and very hungover) teenage marketing assistant. My shirt was half untucked, my shoes had soaked up rain water from the pavement as I walked in that day. My feet were wet. It was Wednesday. I was late. I slung my rucksack into the corner of the office and trudged to the kitchen to make a round of coffee for my 6 strong team. A half-ass silent apology for showing up late. The tea lady (yes, we had one of those) was in there already. She was by my standards an old lady, but full of enthusiasm and always prepared to take the piss when...
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HIV, Customer data security and You.

HIV, Customer data security and You.

News broke yesterday that 780 names and email addresses of HIV clinic patients in London were accidentally leaked in a huge lapse in data security. The leak was the result of a tiny mistake made by an employee of the clinic (who is said to be distraught) while setting up a clinic service update email to be sent to those receiving treatment. Instead of copying 780 email addresses into the ‘bcc’ line, they pasted them into the ‘cc’ line, enabling every recipient (and everybody the email is then forwarded to) to openly read the entire list of addresses prefixed with the owners first and last names. The damage is obvious. The fallout, instant. Within hours, recipients had confirmed that they themselves had recognised names on the list. Names of friends or acquaintances that they were unaware were affected by the virus in some way. In contrast to the recent Ashley Madison leak, these people did not sign up to the service out of...
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