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Xtra caught out by 14 year-olds
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14 May 1997

The New Zealand Herald reported yesterday that two "computer savvy 14 year-olds" had discovered a method for accessing user-accounting records on Xtra.

According to the story by Chris Barton, the boys had worked out how to access the information for any account through simple analysis of the URL that pointed to their own online information.

Xtra's service development manager, Nevin Grieve reported as being sorry the situation had occurred and that immediate action had been taken.

As an interim solution, Xtra has disabled online access to the accounting information and Grieve says "we're also in touch with our software supplier."

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