Amazingly, there’s a new revelation in the PRSA Phone Hacking scandal involving Jack O’Dwyer and his publication. Vice President of Public Relations for PRSA Arthur Yann revealed in a comment on this blog yesterday that PRSA has evidence that someone accessed the private, password-protected, members-only section of PRSA’s website from an IP address traced back to O’Dwyer’s PR.
“Regarding § 156.10 Computer Trespass, you and the readers of your blog may also find this interesting: Monitoring tools used to track visitors to PRSA’s website determined that a computer with an IP address registered to the J.R. O’Dwyer Company made 11 unauthorized attempts to access the password-protected, members-only area of our website between March 4 and April 3, 2008.”
Whereas the conference call information has some gray surrounding it, analytics data capturing IP address information and tracing it back to the source is pretty black and white.
This is why it’s a bad idea to do anything online that you wouldn’t want coming to light; there’s invariably a trail of evidence left on a server somewhere. It’s going to be interesting to see the contortions required by O’Dwyer to justify this sort of intrusion if the evidence exists to support them.
But hey, I’m just a goofball, so take what I say with a grain of salt.