Topic / Hacking & Cyber Attacks

MacRumors Live Macworld coverage hacked

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MACWORLD 2009 : MacRumors, who has been always been the major source of coverage of the Macworld keynote, which I have just covered (before Twitter buckled under pressure), was hacked during the middle of their coverage. The hackers, however, are not known; but below is a screenshot of the messages posted on the server before it shut down the site. Source: Hacker News

Hackers use PlayStation 3 to break SSL

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And we thought that the PlayStation 3 wouldn’t be used by anyone because of its high price point; but we were wrong. Hackers from the U.S and Europe have found a weakness in the MD5 algorithm and harness it to create a rouge Certification Authority (CA), which would allow fake certificates to be fully trusted by modern web browsers, according to ZDNet. Using the power of 200 PS3 consoles and […]

NT man said hacking was over “bad office seat” revenge

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A Northern Territory hacker that caused millions of dollars worth of damage to government computers has told a court that he did it to just get revenge at his boss for making him the “newbie” at work and giving him a bad office seat, according to the Northern Territory News. David Anthony McIntosh, a 28-year-old computer engineer, said that he felt alone and isolated from his colleagues at CSG Services, […]

State lawmaker’s son charged with Palin email hacking

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David C. Kernell, son of Democratic Tennessee state lawmaker Mike Kernell, has pleaded not guilty on Wednesday after being indicted for breaking into the Yahoo email account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Kernell, 20, entered the plea in federal court in Knoxville, and was released without posting bond. However, he was told that he was forbidden to use the internet, except to check his email and to do […]

Teen hacker Mafiaboy writes tell-all memoir

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Michael Calce, a.k.a. “Mafiaboy”, has written a memoir about how he managed to temporarily shut down a major handful of major websites in 2002 when he was 15 and led the FBI and Royal Canadian Mounted Police on a manhunt. Due to hit the bookshelves next week, “Mafiaboy: How I Cracked the Internet and Why It’s Still Broken” is a tell all-book about the story of the now 23-year-old man […]

Anonymous hacks Palin’s Yahoo account

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Members of the anti-Scientology group Anonymous have taken turned their attention to Sarah Palin, the vice presidential candidate for the Republicans and the governor of Alaska, by hacking into her Yahoo email account. According to The Register, “activists loosely affiliated” with the group gained access to the account at around midnight. It is unknown how the group managed to get into her account, but screenshots have been posted to Wikileaks […]

LHC computer system hacked

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If you already fearing that the Large Hadron Collider will bring the end to the world, it may be a bit more perilous than we thought. A team of hackers have successfully hacked one of CERN’s systems that is "one step away" from the main computer systems that controls the massive detectors. According to the Telegraph, the group, calling themselves the "Greek Security Team", left half a dozen files on […]

Spanish hacker jailed for sending out ex-manager’s private emails

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A Spanish hacker has been jailed for two years for revealing hundreds of private emails written by a former colleague; with those emails divulging details of his – the colleague – sex life. In what could be seen as the internet version of ‘Cheaters’, well to me at least, the hacker sent the emails to his colleague’s (who happened to be his boss) wife, his mistress and the mayor of […]

SF computer network passwords made public

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Only days after the city of San Francisco regained control of its computer network after administrators were locked out of the network, a new vulnerability has come to light – only this time, it was caused by the city itself. The district attorney’s office has apparently made public nearly 150 usernames and passwords used by officials to gain access to the network, after it submitted to the court as Exhibit […]

Mayor gets access codes to SF hijacked city network

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The San Francisco city mayor has managed to get the access codes to the hijacked city’s network after its network administrator locked out the administrators out and blocked access to much of the city’s information – including payrolls, booking records and police data. Terry Childs, the perpetrator, was reportedly refused to surrender the codes to his bosses, but he had a change of heart and gave the codes to Mayor […]

SF hacker still getting paid by government

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San Francisco has been forced to admit that they were still paying the salary of the same guy that locked them out of their own system after he refused to give the password that would allow them to regain access. It has also been forced to call help from Silicon Valley, including Cisco, to help get its data back after Terry Childs, the hacker, set a master password giving him […]

Admin hijacks SF city network

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A network administrator in San Francisco has been arrested, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, after taking control of the city’s computer network and locking the administrators out of the system. Terry Childs, 43, is currently on jail on a $5 million bail after being arrested on Sunday. He is due to be arraigned on Tuesday. He is accused of tampering with the new fibre wide area network after being […]

Hacker claims News Corp hired him

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A hacker has told the court that he was hired by News Corporation, the owners of The Australian, The New York Post and FOX, to develop pirating software. Christopher Tarnovsky, described as one of the two best hackers in the world, denied using the software to hack into a rival satellite television service. He is testifying in a corporate-spying lawsuit against News Corp’s NDS Group by Dish Network. NDS, which […]

Anti-CNN group hacked sports sites

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An anti-CNN group promoting to hack the site has hacked into two sites relating to sports, one under the CNN.com’s Sports Illustrated name. Sportsnetwork.com and sports.si.cnn.com were both hacked Early Sunday, with the former still showing the message written by the group. “Tibet WAS,IS,and ALWAYS WILL BE a part of China!” it says. “We are not against the western media, but against the lies and fabricated stories in the media.” […]

eBay hacker arrested in Romania

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A hacker notorious of repeatedly accessing the off-limit parts of the eBay’s network and bragged about it in the public has been arrested, according to the company. Vlad Constantin Duiculescu, also known as Vladuz, was arrested by Romanian police force with the help of the US Secret Service, the FBI and eBay’s global fraud investigation team. It would not discuss additional details; and both the Secret Service and the FBI […]

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