“Anonymous” hackers attack European Parliament president’s site

The personal website of European Parliament president Martin Schulz was hacked last week, his office has confirmed.

On Friday someone posted information on Pastebin indicating that they had retrieved database and password information from the martin-schulz.info website. A spokeswoman for Schulz stressed that this was not a page on the European Parliament website itself (although Schulz’s personal sites are now redirecting to his official page there.)

“The investigation is ongoing,” the president’s spokeswoman added.

The Greek security site SecNews reported that the attackers had emailed it, claiming responsibility in the name of Anonymous. It should be noted that, as is so often the case, attribution to “Anonymous” is a tricky matter. The group is nebulous and anyone can claim the name.

That email reportedly claimed that the attack was motivated by Schulz’s alleged aim of “destroying Greece and then other countries” – presumably something to do with the German European Parliament president last week urging the country’s new hard-left government to stick by the agreements made by its predecessors.

The attackers also included screenshots that detailed how they used a SQL injection attack to steal data from and deface the website.

Athens public transit moves to smartphone ticketing

Thanks to the help of Masabi and MasterCard, the entire urban transit network of Athens, Greece, can now be ridden with nothing more than a smartphone. The city’s bus, tram and metro lines have moved to Masabi’s JustRide mobile ticketing system with MasterCard handling the payments.

What that means is Greeks (or tourists) who download the JustRide mobile app for Athens can buy tickets and passes for the entire transit system on their smartphones. Those tickets are then displayed on their screens to show fare inspectors along with a QR code that can be scanned in at automated stations. If you’re familiar with the smartphone ticketing system used by Boston’s metro system “The T” or on New York City’s Long Island Railroad and Metro-North Railroad, then you probably have a good idea of how it works.

Masabi's mobile ticketing app displaying a ticket for the MTA's Metro-North Railroad

Masabi’s mobile ticketing app displaying a ticket for the MTA’s Metro-North Railroad

Masabi is actually a London-based company, but the Athens deal is its first big European contract outside of the U.K. where it does ticketing for rail lines and ferries. Now that it’s working with MasterCard though it might have an advantage in bringing more cities under the Masabi umbrella. By integrating with the MasterPass secure payment system, JustRide now comes with its own payments processing system so transit agencies don’t need to provide their own.

Departing T-Mo CEO Humm lands at Vodafone to run half of Europe

One day after Philipp Humm’s surprise resignation from T-Mobile, Vodafone announced he has joined its ranks. Humm won’t just be supervising one of Vodafone’s numerous European subsidiaries – he will take charge of eight carriers in Northern and Central Europe.

Remote jobs a refuge for workers in crisis-hit economies

A quarterly report from Elance indicates that with the lengthy economic crisis in Europe showing no signs of coming to a happy conclusion, workers in troubled countries are increasingly turning to remote work as an alternative to finding jobs in their stressed home economies.