If you take credit cards, you don’t just sell hammers

Several former Home Depot employees said they were not surprised the company had been hacked. They said that over the years, when they sought new software and training, managers came back with the same response: “We sell hammers.”

via Ex-Employees Say Home Depot Left Data Vulnerable – NYTimes.com.

This NY Times piece on Home Depot’s giant data breach pairs pretty well with the recent opening of a Planet Money episode on data security: Episode 568: Snoops, Hackers And Tin Foil Hats:

“One thing we’ve learned is the hackers always win. If what you do is have a lot of really valuable information in one place, and you try to secure it, you are going to lose.”

– Moxie Marlinspike, TextSecure

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