Even Hackers Get Hacked

Turnabout is fair play, so they say: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/12/the-hacking-quandary/.

So even hackers get hacked, resulting in loss of reputation and future earnings, and in this case 400GB of pirated digital gold worth who knows how much.

Why? Because the Milan-based Hacking Team was susceptible to the same mentality of their typical targets — collect all of the data and keep it in a safe box. This, of course, is a honey pot for hungry bees and a target with a bull’s eye on it:https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-do-you-rob-banks-because-where-money-w-sutton-john-quinn?trk=hp-feed-article-title-publish.

What would have prevented this (lamentable?) loss: Storj (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl3bUzfn2lg).

With Storj, each file would have been divided into ten shards (ie pieces), made redundant three times, encrypted client side, and then distributed to thirty random Storj nodes across five continents (perhaps in your disk drive or mine).

As much as the hacker’s hacker would have loved to hack this information, they might have been able to obtain a few of the encrypted shards, but without the private encryption key, the hacker’s hacker would never be able to unscramble the egg.

The Hacking Team should know better. I bet Mr Robot knows better (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJNZF3LR0VM).

John Quinn, Co-founder Storj Labs