Alleged network cracker peeved at lack of security, just proving a point: A North Carolina man has been charged with various computer crimes for allegedly retrieving information from a medical office's computer systems on insurance payments and procedures. The head of the medical group says patient information wasn't compromised, although that's hard to justify if the fellow did actually retrieve the information this report says he did.
Even more interesting, the article fails to distinguish between network sniffing and computer cracking. This fellow is alleged to have used a wireless network to gain access to the computers. Which means the machines themselves were unprotected or unpatched and the network was unprotected or lacked the right kinds of protections.
The office's head said, "We made the correction and our network, I can say with confidence, is to the highest industry standard right now." That's just like bragging that you're the fastest gun in the west. [via John Beimler who, Smoking Gun style, also provided me this link to a job posting by the charged individual, and this link to his business's Web site.]