hacking Articles

Gawker Attack Sends Ripples Throughout the Web
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I can’t remember the last time we’ve seen so many hacking (and related) stories in the news, particularly in which so many big name brands were affected in such a short amount of time. Last week, of course the big stories were about "Anonymous" taking down MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, etc. 

Database Administrator Sentenced To One Year For Hacking
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A former senior database administrator for electric provider GEXA Energy in Houston was sentenced today to one year in prison for hacking into his former employer’s computer network, the U.S. Department of Justice said today.

Man Indicted For Hacking And Email Threat To VP Biden
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A Minnesota man had indicted in federal court for hacking into his neighbor’s Wi-Fi connection and allegedly posing as the neighbor to make threats to kill Vice President Biden and email child pornography.

The indictment, filed today, charges Barry Vincent Ardolf, 45, of Blaine with two counts of identity theft, one count of making threats to the president and successors to the presidency, one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer, one count of possession of child pornography, and one count of distribution of child pornography.

Google Exec Page Turned to Chinese
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Something fishy is going on. If you search for "Google executives" on an English-language version of Google, you may get a link to http://www.google.com/corporate/execs.html, which would be Google’s page where it has profiles for its executives (go figure). However, you may also notice that the text appears in Chinese characters.

Google May Quit China
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Google released a stunning blog post that details a "sophisticated and targeted attack" on Gmail that "resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google".

Google notes that the attack was not just on Google infrastructure but also on more than twenty other companies from various industries. Google states that they are working with the authorities in the U.S. and will be notifying the companies of the breaches.

Twitter Gets Hacked by “Iranian Cyber Army”
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Twitter was hacked last night, and when users went to Twitter.com, they were presented with a message from someone claiming to be the Iranian Cyber Army. TutorialsTips has posted a video on YouTube showing what Twitter looked like as it was compromised.

Feds Charge Cable Modem Hacker

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged an Oregon man and the company he founded, TCNISO, alleging they developed and distributed products that allowed users to modify their cable modems and get free Internet access.

UK Hacker Fights US Extradition

A British computer hacker wanted by the United States for "the biggest military hack of all time" begins a final fight today to avoid extradition.

Lawyers for Gary McKinnon, will argue in London’s High Court today that he is too ill to be sent to the United States for trial because he has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism.

FBI Locates Miley Cyrus Hacker
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Authorities caught up with another infamous hacker this week, this time the guy who hacked Miley Cyrus’ email account. Interestingly, he wasn’t arrested or charged with anything. Josh Holly,19, did lose three computers to the FBI though, who located him in Murfreesboro, TN.

MediaDefender blamed in Revision3 DDOS attack

Video site Revision3 suffered a crippling denial of service attack over the Memorial Day weekend, an attack MediaDefender not only admitted to Revision3 CEO Jim Louderback.

Man Convicted In Estonia Cyber Attack

An Estonian court has fined a man tied to hacking official Web sites during last year’s riots over the moving of a Soviet war memorial.

The court of Harju district, whose jurisdiction includes the capital Tallinn, said it had fined the 20-year-old 17,500 kroons ($1,635) for bringing down the server Web site of the ruling- coalition- leading Reform Party.

Google Hacking Not Fun For You

Securing one’s server is a waste of time if someone leaves a spreadsheet full of usernames and passwords where it can be found with a public search.

Scoble Shenanigans Shuttered By Facebook

Notable blogger Robert Scoble pushed the Facebook envelope a little too hard with an automated script and ended up with a disabled account.

CNBC Dismisses Complaints Over Online Poll
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Ron Paul fared a little too well in a post-Republican debate poll run by CNBC, prompting the news site’s managing editor to believe astroturfing had taken place, forcing them to take down the poll.

SES San Jose Opens Today

Four days of the search industry’s biggest gathering starts in San Jose, where attendees can learn the finer points about marketing effectively and ranking well with the drivers of search-related traffic.

Google Search Results: Your SERPs At Risk

Third parties could hack someone’s place in Google’s SERPs right out of the index with some malicious proxy work.

Homophobic Hackers Hit Gay Gaming Site
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GayGamers.net isn’t so gay lately. (Look, if you want me to avoid the gratuitous puns, you’re going to be severely disappointed.) The site was hate-hacked over the weekend.

Blog Influence Grows

Not every company believes they should be writing blogs, but that doesn’t mean they don’t find blogs important. Just listen to Steve Swasey, Director of Corporate Communications for Internet video renter Netflix: “We don’t have a Netflix blog by design—our philosophy is to let our customers speak.”

RIAA: Fair Use Bill = Legalized Hacking

Earlier this week, U.S. Representatives Rick Boucher and John Doolittle introduced the Freedom And Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship Act of 2007 (FAIR USE Act) for consideration in Congress. Mere days after its initial announcement, the bill is already being targeted for suppression by control-hungry content organizations.

Google’s Staunch Opposition to Hacking

Matt Cutts has posted a detailed synopsis of the reinclusion process for sites that have been removed from Google’s index under suspicion of spammy link content. He documents the misfortune of talkorigins.org and its owner, who was none to happy about being removed from Google user queries.

Hacking The Vista Screensavers

Long Zheng has posted instructions for changing the options in the screensavers that come with Windows Vista RC1.