There is a web site called Addly Addition where members can log on to anonymously perform calculations involving addition in a discreet, confidential setting. All calculations are securely stored online for easy access anytime they are needed. I myself admit to having used this site over the years for all my calculating needs and always slept soundly every night knowing that the numbers I added along with their totals were safe online and hidden from the rest of the world.
That’s why I was horrified to read this week that hackers broke into Addly Addition and stole the database containing all the user accounts along with the respective calculations. On top of that, they posted it online for anyone to search, and I mean anyone, including my boss.
My boss called me into his office this morning and he was fuming. He had gone to SearchAddlyAddition to search for any employees using the site and was horrified to see my work e-mail address associated with my account along with my calculations.
“Of all the places to go for doing your calculations,” my boss growled, “you had to go to Addly Addition? What’s wrong with using a calculator?”
I could only sit in my chair and stare at the floor in stunned silence.
“Look at this! I can see your calculations! In fact, the whole world can see them! What’s this? 1+1?”
I cringed again.
I cringed again some more.
“WHY ARE YOU DOING THESE CALCULATIONS ON COMPANY TIME?”
I cringed so hard that if I cringed any further I would cringe myself inside out. This was not a pleasant situation.
Needless to say, I was fired and sent home. Besides sending out resumes and filling out applications, I spend my time wondering how all this could even happen in the first place. That database was supposed to be encrypted and secure but apparently it was no match for these genius hackers with nothing better to do with their time. I don’t know why they even attacked an innocent web site that does nothing but allow users to add numbers together. In any case, it will be a long, long time before I ever add a set of numbers again.