Yes, that Lincoln Center.
So we've briefly noted
the clever hack by way of which game engines, in this case, Halo
's, can be used to make movies. The best-known of these is the bleakly humorous Red vs. Blue
- which, if it isn't exactly this generation's "M*A*S*H" or "Catch-22," rather manages to capture something of the futility of postmodern warfare. Still: is this an opus you'd have pegged to premiere at New York City's vaunted high-culture mecca?
posted by adamgreenfield
on Dec 19, 2003 -
Spam: This Time It's Personal
. Andy Markley was really looking forward to a work-free Labor Day weekend far away from his computer. But he made the mistake of checking his inbox before he left for his planned holiday.
posted by lola
on Sep 30, 2003 -
How to hack an election 1.12: Diebold tries to silence incriminating evidence
: Diebold, maker of proven-to-be hackable voting systems, plays global whack-a-mole
, in effort to scare ISP's into taking down websites with incriminating material. They used the DCMA to shut down BlackBoxVoting.org.
But the incriminating data just keeps popping back up on the Net
, and Gun-and-Voting rights activist Jim March calls the bluff and challenges Diebold “Diebold: You are cordially invited to bite me. Bring it on. Make my day."
. March has created a legal strategy/toolkit for voting rights activists who want to fight Diebold, a company which has knowingly - for 10 years - sold security-compromised voting technology, and whose CEO, an aggressive Republican fundraiser
, has said he is "he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."
In internal memos published by Scoop
, Diebold's officials admit that their voting records database is (and has been for a long time) hackable ( [anyone can] "access the GEMS Access database and alter the Audit log without entering a password" ) but that this isn't necessarily a problem because "It has a lot to do with perception. Of course everyone knows perception is reality." For background to this story, see my summary of Mefi posts on the Voting Fraud story
, from this
thread. Diebold's funky voting systems are in the process of being "Certified", in Maryland and elsewhere, by SAIC, a company convicted of major frauds within the last decade and which has extensive ties to the Bush Administration
, the CIA, and which "proudly lists DARPA in its annual report as one of its prime clients.", and owns Network Solutions, Inc. SAIC has not, it seems, noticed the GEMS database story (see main link). If Diebold systems win certification, we can expect an awful lot of This
sort of thing.
Computer security expert Dr. Rebecca Mercuri has some pointed analysis on the subject.
You can join the effort to demand truly secure voting systems at VerifiedVoting.Org
by David L. Dill, a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. Go team.
posted by troutfishing
on Sep 28, 2003 -
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 -
Know what time it is, Kidz? It's U.S. Department of Justice Time!
On today's show, we'll learn why Hacking is REAL BAD,
and give you a chance to find out if you are a good cybercitizen
. Next, we'll meet Axel, the talking drug dog,
and his friends the Bomb Dog Bunch!
Then, we'll check in on the ATF, for some cool science fair ideas
And finally, just for you kids with crooks or international terrorists for parents, here's a nifty PDF coloring book
(Native American version
posted by eatitlive
on Feb 25, 2003 -
The FBI on hacking vs. The Russians
That is crazy! 100 hundred years for hacking computers when there are people that actually hurt other people - maliciously...rapists, murderers, US politicians...
"If Russian hackers can be convicted on evidence obtained by the Americans through hacking, it means the U.S. secret services may use further illegal means of obtaining information in Russia and in other countries," an FSB spokesman told Interfax on Thursday.
Not only that, but the seriously...can this sort of thing just slide by?
posted by Kodel
on Aug 17, 2002 -
Man hijacks al-Qaida Web site.
He offers it to the FBI to use for intelligence gathering, but the FBI stumbles around for a week trying to find somebody with the technical abilities to take advantage of the site. By then, the site's militant Islamic visitors had discovered the ruse. Go figure.
posted by TBoneMcCool
on Jul 30, 2002 -
Congress is about to consider an entertainment industry proposal that would authorize copyright holders to disable PCs used for illicit file trading
. "The measure would permit copyright holders to perform nearly unchecked electronic hacking if they have a "reasonable basis" to believe that piracy is taking place."
posted by mathowie
on Jul 23, 2002 -
Here's a simple example
of a potentially interesting art project. Fill a Usenet post with words specifically chosen to create art based on Google's search word highlighting. Not sure if it's art or spam, but I am waiting for the first ASCII artist to step up to the plate and do something complex like the Mona Lisa.
posted by willnot
on Jul 21, 2002 -
This is some scary stuff
Life in prison for malicious hacking? We can't keep rapists and murderers away from society for very long but now hackers & crackers could be jailed for life? And on top of that the FBI can monitor internet packets without a warrant?
If you enjoy your freedom from gov't surveillance, it looks like it's time to start using PGP
posted by mathowie
on Jul 16, 2002 -
Hackers target Cell Phones
With the connectivity of cell phones to the internet, hackers have begun to target cell phones, programming prank calls, placing calls to wherever and erasing the software in the phone.
posted by Lanternjmk
on Mar 11, 2002 -
Microsoft's newest version of Windows....
billed as the most secure ever, contains several serious flaws that allow hackers to steal or destroy a victim's data files across the Internet or implant rogue computer software. The company released a free fix Thursday.
A Microsoft official acknowledged that the risk to consumers was unprecedented because the glitches allow hackers to seize control of all Windows XP operating system software without requiring a computer user to do anything except connect to the Internet.
posted by bkdelong
on Dec 20, 2001 -
for the Opera (the browser not the singy thing) snobs out there.
posted by zeoslap
on Nov 20, 2001 -
The RIAA wants to hack your computer
) The RIAA tried to attach a rider to the anti-terrorism bill currently in Congress that would have allowed them to hack anyone's computer without consequence. One more reason why the RIAA is evil.
posted by Maxor
on Oct 15, 2001 -
Silicon Valley backs Senate bill
that would allow companies to report computer network attacks to the government without having to worry about the public finding out. The reasoning: it would encourage
more companies to report the problems and help the
government track down the culprits. A similar bill
is in the House.
posted by thescoop
on Sep 25, 2001 -
Striking back at hackers
"LaBrea" is a free, open-source tool that deters worms and other hack attacks by transforming unused network resources into decoy-computers that appear and act just like normal machines on a network. But when malicious hackers or mindless worms such as Nimda or Code Red attempt to connect with a LaBrea-equipped system, they get sucked into a virtual tarpit that grabs their computer's connection -- and doesn't release it.
Is this an ethical use of network resources, or just vigilante justice? What other methods have you used to strike back at hostile software?
posted by TheChump
on Sep 20, 2001 -
keeps looping back to our own machines at work. At home, it comes up non-existant yet it's showed up in my server logs. network solutions has a listing for it. Anyone else getting bizarre results with this domain?
posted by Zebulun
on Sep 13, 2001 -
Ashcroft launches C.H.I.P.
Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property units to make sure all your licensing is in order, don't have a copy of the DeCSS song, and keeping webpages de-facement free.
posted by skallas
on Jul 22, 2001 -
Dori Smith posted
a pointer to a page
on Winerlog where he's trying to organize a project to get people to hack Manila sites. How do people feel about this? What if your site got hacked? Should UserLand, in your opinion, support this? Is this free speech, or is it screaming fire in a crowded movie theater? What if he starts posting how-to's? Looking forward to an interesting discussion.
posted by davewiner
on Jun 6, 2001 -
You too can be a felon!
Last year, the SDMI Foundation made a public challenge
to see if anyone could crack
6 proposed protection mechanisms for digitally-encoded music. All six turned out to be feeble and all six fell. Since then, the SDMI Foundation has been relying on lawyers to cover up for the incompetence of their engineers. They're trying to suppress this article, so everyone reading this has a duty to make and store a copy of it. (Everyone should also own at least one copy of DeCSS. I have the 442-character C version printed on the back of my personal card.)
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Apr 21, 2001 -
Germany Plans Infowar Against Websites?
So, Wired News reports that German Interior Minister Otto Schily has said publicly that Germany should stage denial-of-service attacks on right-wing websites housed in other countries. AOL versus Germany as WWWIII/InfoWar I?
posted by bclark
on Apr 9, 2001 -
Vulnerabiity in OpenPGP
You don't even need to crack the key, just get hold of it, modify a few bytes, and presto, sign away from other persona. The issue here is signing
, not encrypting. The implications are evident when you think of internet voting, tax filing, etc., but it is still a victory for open cryptography, where peer review can find serious flaws.
posted by pecus
on Mar 22, 2001 -
ever wish those new laptops were a little cheaper?
hackers have found a simple way of changing the prices on e-commerce sites and then submitting a purchase order with the new price...all in the "edit page" feature of your browser... suddenly network security is not the only thing to be aware of with online transactions.
posted by zerotype
on Mar 21, 2001 -
That faith-based missle defense thing again. Check it out, good-looking hack. I might put up a mirror if it gets changed.
posted by lbergstr
on Feb 28, 2001 -
DirecTV takes a stand
and VIA satellite, "killed pirated pieces of hardware that had enabled viewers in the U.S. and abroad to see a broad range of programming, including premium channels and pay-per-view events that they had not paid for.
" I didn't even know these pieces of hardware existed, but there are whole sites dedicated to satellite hacking
which tell you what to do now
if you had one of these. I hope if you have one of these cards you didn't have a Super Bowl Party planned.
posted by Mark
on Jan 27, 2001 -
Government hacking abound!
I hate it when a group of kids do a big .gov and .mil defacement. Then all the other kids start puffing themselves up and try to outdo each other. S'cuse me while I break out my virtual lawnchair... and please pass the mint julep.
posted by bkdelong
on Jan 19, 2001 -