From a small town in Romania, Guccifer skewered and glorified the power elite.
If Snowden perfectly fit the profile of geek crusader, Lehel, a stone-faced, disheveled man in a tight leather jacket, seemed an odd candidate for one of the world’s most notorious hackers. But Guccifer is to hacking what the Beatles are to rock and roll. He had predecessors, 4Chan cowboys like Anonymous and Sabu of LulzSec, but he’s changed the nature of hacking fame. Guccifer rose by exploiting the connections people make online to infiltrate the private lives of some of the most powerful people on Earth. He served up the results to the media, irresistible high-low raw material for an online news cycle driven by leaks and voyeurism and racked by anxiety over privacy.
What Is A Guccifer? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jan 27, 2014 -
Rewarding friendly hackers who contribute to a more secure internet.
"We've selected some of the most important software that supports the internet stack, and we want you to hack it. If the public is demonstrably safer as a result of your contribution to internet security, we'd like to be the first to recognize your work and say "thanks" by sending some cash to you or your favorite non-profit." This is a full disclosure bug bounty program, and all vulnerability reports will eventually be made public. Also featuring an Allie Brosh logo for The Internet.
posted by destrius
on Nov 6, 2013 -
Here is L0pht Heavy Industries
testifying before the United States Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, Live feed from CSPAN, May 19, 1998. Starring Brian Oblivion, Kingpin, Tan, Space Rogue, Weld Pond, Mudge, and Stefan von Neumann. This is the infamous testimony where Mudge stated we could take down the Internet in 30 minutes. Although that's all the media took from it, much more was discussed. See for yourself. (59:04)
posted by Blasdelb
on Jul 9, 2013 -
"During his civil lawsuit against the People's Republic of China, Brian Milburn
says he never once saw one of the country's lawyers. He read no court documents from China's attorneys because they filed none. The voluminous case record at the U.S. District courthouse in Santa Ana contains a single communication from China: a curt letter to the U.S. State Department, urging that the suit be dismissed. That doesn't mean
Milburn's adversary had no contact with him." [China Mafia-Style Hack Attack Drives California Firm to Brink
posted by vidur
on Nov 28, 2012 -
- Now you can look like you're doing something important on your computer, like you've always wanted to! (hit hack and just start bashing at your keyboard)
posted by azarbayejani
on Apr 27, 2011 -
A blogger for information security firm Imperva reports the discovery
of a hacker site
offering root access on US & foreign government, military & educational sites for sale for prices ranging from $55 to $499, or just database records for the reasonable price of $20/1000. Besides US sites the hacker(s) also offer government servers in India, Taiwan & Italy. The hacker(s) also provide what they claim is proof
of their access for the skeptical or cautious buyer. No credit card offers, please - the only currency they accept is Liberty Reserve
posted by scalefree
on Jan 21, 2011 -
a US Intelligence Analyst has been arrested in connection with the "Collateral Murder
" video released by Wikileaks
. According to the article, SPC Bradley Manning was turned in by former hacker Adrian Lamo
based on concerns about Manning's threat to leak an additional 260,000 classified embassy cables.
posted by uaudio
on Jun 7, 2010 -
Ghost shift ghost chips.
A tale about a Chumby hardware developer with a keen investigative eye noticing some oddities about microSD FLASH cards from supposedly reputable suppliers.
posted by loquacious
on Feb 16, 2010 -
The Happy Hacker
offers you the secrets and tools to become an Überhacker
, and even how to build a railgun
. But who is this Happy Hacker? Though other folks are now involved
with the website, Carolyn P. Meinel is the primary face of The Happy Hacker. She is a long-time computer hacker, going back to getting unapproved access to the PLATO system
). She started Happy Hacker because "all sorts of guys were begging me, 'teach me how to hack'
." Her webpage gained attention, getting mentioned in The Happy Mutant Handbook
, and being invited to speak at Defcon
. But there are people who doubt her credentials
, and others who are a lot more harsh
. Regardless of the backlash, and the appearance that the peak of The Happy Hacker has passed
, her articles are still being published
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 29, 2009 -
, by Sumit Dan. short story told in speculative chippy dialect.
Fucken AIbrid think he so fucking cool with he retrofleshy stylen. Like you don’t already know he dealin double-helix, not just some two-bit qubit.
posted by mwhybark
on Feb 6, 2009 -
Serious as a heart attack:
A collaboration of various medical researchers in the academic field has led to proof that pacemakers can be remotely hacked
with simple and accessible equipment. This is a proof of concept, but the real question is: How many other pacemakers and medical devices are similarly vulnerable? (Writers may note a new twist available for the assassination of characters in their novels and screenplays.)
posted by spock
on Aug 13, 2008 -
once more: the entire German edition was shut down
this week over the contents of a single entry
. The parents of the article's subject, a German hacker who died in 1998 under mysterious circumstances
, are displeased with his real name being disclosed in the encyclopedia. It is now back online; however, the future of the family's efforts is currently unclear, not only due to the German order's debatable validity in the US - but also because the order was, initially at least, mistakenly addressed
to St. Petersburg, Russia, instead of St. Petersburg, Florida.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Jan 20, 2006 -
Hacker Pleads Guilty.
The Minnesota man who spread a modified version of the MSBlast worm over the Internet last summer pleaded guilty on Wednesday and faces 18 to 37 months in prison.
posted by semmi
on Aug 12, 2004 -
Christopher Andrew Phillips
, the University of Texas at Austin student accused of "hacking" the school's computer system, has turned himself in. But reading about his method
makes me wonder if this really is hacking and/or illegal...
posted by Big_B
on Mar 14, 2003 -
, the famed hacker who was released recently from jail has granted Slashdot an interview
in which he debunks many of the myths about him. He provides some insights into the ethics of the journalists
that profitted from his case.
posted by Raichle
on Feb 5, 2003 -
Who says DeCSS litigation is dead
? Norwegian court indicts the fellow who cracked DVD protection.
posted by donkeysuck
on Jan 11, 2002 -
Is your son a computer hacker?
Has your son loaded strange programs like "Flash" on the family computer? Is your son reading dangerous books like "Programming with Perl?" Is your son obsessed with "Lunix?" [sic] Hey, I read it on the web, so it must
posted by chipr
on Dec 4, 2001 -
(In)famous anti-gay site hacked
) - The defacement says, in part, "nothin against 'First Amendment hosting' we support u just not some of ur sites
". So if I understand correctly, they support the first amendment as long as they agree with what is being said? Doesn't this seem a poor form of protest?
posted by revbrian
on Jul 24, 2001 -