How Secure Is Hulu's Network From Hackers?

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How Secure Is Hulu's Network From Hackers?

Mon Mar 02, 2009 @ 04:47PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

Hulu was supposed to be the industry-supported video-streaming website that would help beat back piracy by offering an attractive alternative to illegal file-sharing.

The platform, co-owned by NBC Universal, News Corp. and Providence Equity Partners, has found some traction in the ratings department, but some have recently started asking questions about whether Hulu's strict policies have led some digital video watchers back into the wilderness.

Here's another worry.

A former director of systems engineering at Hulu has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit after he was allegedly fired for warning his bosses the website faced serious security risks.

Duke Duong has come forward with a complaint filed in California Superior Court that states he tried to plug the security holes only to have the powers-that-be reject his plan for beefing up the storage area network. Then, Duong claims he was fired "in order to avoid potential disclosure of (his) complaints to Hulu's clients and content partners."

Duong looks to spill the details in court, and it may be something that Comedy Central, Disney, and E! among the partners who supply shows on Hulu may want to look into a bit.

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