Lessons from the KPN Hack

The Guardian recently published an interesting edited extract from Huib Modderkolk’s book There’s a War Going On But No One Can See It.

It tells the story of Edwin Robbe, the 17-year old responsible for hacking one of the largest Dutch telecommunications companies.

Key Lessons



Final thoughts

None of this should take away from the human side of the story. Edwin was ultimately a troubled teenager who — seemingly missing the right mentors — channelled his passion, energy and skills in the wrong direction. The criminal justice system came down hard on him (some would say too hard) and instead of reforming him, put out an even more troubled individual who sadly got involved with drugs, became further estranged from his adoptive parents and ultimately committed suicide soon after. KPN also appears to have been fined €364k for inadequately securing its systems.

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