A little background
For those of you who aren't British, the concept of having to pay a fee annually to watch Television may sound insane to you. That's because it is. The BBC make claims that the license is needed to keep the BBC running, this is simply not the case. The BBC could be better off opting for a more reasonable method of income such as selling ad space. The TV licensing firm itself is well known for doing dodgy things already such as enforcing illegal warrants to gain entry to peoples home who do not need a license and 'inspect' their equipment. Many videos of these illegal acts can be found online. Today we're not here to talk about this. In fact, paying customers may have more to worry about than those who don't!
Data, data, data..
The company behind the act known a CAPITA have offered an online method of payment for a good few years. Despite knowing how to set it up, they apparently don't understand how to keep their customers information secure. A Twitter user known as @thetafferboy sent out a Tweet to TV Licensing saying the following.
He had noticed that the website was carrying unencrypted data including banking information via the regular HTTP protocol when they should be using HTTPS to keep a secure connection. This opens up a potential can of worms for attackers who are sniffing packets back to the CAPITA servers. This tweet was seen by TV Licensing and was responded to.
TV Licensing are clearly lying here and this was proven in the next response.
This was then followed by TV Licensing closing their website down to hopefully enforce SSL site wide. The website is still locked down although seeing an SSL certificate does help this time around.
Whether you like or dislike them, TV Licensing have been transmitting your unencrypted data for possibly years and for someone as big as them you do have to admit that this is one of the biggest mistakes they could have made on forms with such sensitive information. SSL is important and I hope this teaches them a lesson about cyber security. I also hope they stop pretending they have vans that can see through walls and see TV signals but that's a story for another day.