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Criminal activity on Oracle USENET Newsgroups

This interesting SearchOracle article on Oracle security bloopers, we see the risks with engaging the unsavory inhabitants of the Oracle USENET newsgroup, a forum laced with profanity, pornography and, according to this note, criminal Oracle hackers:

“I subscribe to several Usenet groups so I can keep my skills current.  Well, a few years ago a DBA needed some assistance and posted a question in which he shared his tnsnames.ora file and wondered why he could not connect to SQL*Plus with the following syntax:

sqlplus system/SecurePswd@prod

Almost immediately several people connected to this person’s production system and was able to fish around the system.  Numerous people emailed the DBA back and pointed out that he just broadcasted to the world his production connection string and password. How crazy is that?”


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