If you had any doubts as to how quickly something can expand onto the internet via the blogosphere…take a look:
It seems that some test data snuck onto Target and Amazon’s websites and some bloggers found it. No, Target and Amazon don’t sell illegal drugs. We programmers sometimes get a little crazy with the test data.
Now that we’re all a little calmer, let’s look at the reality of this situation and how a problem like this impacts companies.
Do you have someone on staff who is responsible for the overall website? Are there failsafes in place for finding problems like this? When problems like this are found, what procedures are in place to fix it?
Do you know what data lurks on your website? Bloggers do!
I remember one project where we had to recover two years worth of lost subscriber data, in some instances we had only first or last names. After two weeks of pushing in data and working 12 hour shifts, data entry folks got a little happy with filling in the newly required information. When you’re going on caffeine and fast food with limited sleep, you get pretty inventive. It took us another two weeks to get the fake data out.