Hackers live by their own code

Monday, 24 November 2003, 3:11 PM EST

It wasn't Mary Ann Davidson's worst nightmare, but it was close.

A fax from a hacker in the Middle East landed on her desk at Oracle Corp., proclaiming the discovery of a hole in the company's database software through which he could steal crucial information from such customers as Boeing Co., Ford Motor Co. and the CIA.

The fax warned Davidson, the company's chief security officer, to contact the hacker immediately — or else.

Luckily, the hacker hadn't found a real hole; he'd just misinterpreted a function of the program. More surprisingly, he meant no harm.

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