April 4, 2001 |
"You think you see me, but believe me, you don't," says the villain at the opening of BecauseHeCan. As the play at McCarter Theatre proceeds, he is proved correct, but for more than the reason playwright Arthur Kopit had in mind. The fellow speaking is a hacker who gets into the computer of an upscale New York couple and does great damage to their lives. He is telling us, in effect, that his presence in their machine is invisible and undetectable. But the remark also reflects how the audience feels about the hacker when the play is done.
February 29, 2012 |
PARIS - Interpol said yesterday that 25 suspected members of the loose-knit Anonymous hacker movement have been arrested in a sweep across Europe and South America. The international police agency said in a statement that the arrests in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain had been carried out by national law-enforcement officers working under the support of Interpol's Latin American Working Group of Experts on Information Technology Crime. Those arrested, from ages 17 and 40, are suspected of planning coordinated cyberattacks against institutions including Colombia's defense ministry and presidential websites, Chile's Endesa electricity company and national library, as well as other targets.
February 25, 2010 |
A high-school dropout admitted yesterday in federal court that he participated in the hijacking of Comcast's Internet home page in May 2008. Christopher Allen Lewis, 20, of Newark, Del., who pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to intentionally damage a protected computer system, was a member of the hacker group Kryogeniks. When Comcast's Internet customers tried to connect to their e-mails or voice mails on May 28-29, 2008, they were redirected to a page boasting of the attack.
June 8, 2001 |
Swordfish. The password used by Groucho for access to a speakeasy in that masterwork of 20th-century cinema Horse Feathers. And maybe the password used by hacker Hugh Jackman for computer access to Drug Enforcement Administration slush funds in this minibyte of 21st-century cyber-thrillers. In the new movie of that title, it is also the DEA code name for covert bank accounts angled for by a supremely fishy figure named Gabriel (John Travolta). Despite Jackman's abundant charisma and costar Halle Berry's abundant charms (bared, gratuitously, in a scene that everyone will talk about)
August 16, 2012 |
In the annals of digital nightmares, Mat Honan's could rank up there with an unscheduled trip into The Matrix . In one mind-bending hour, the writer for Wired magazine's Gadget Lab lost access to his Apple, Amazon, Google, and Twitter accounts. But that wasn't the worst. He then watched in horror as hackers posted offensive tweets in his name, erased eight years of his Gmail messages, and wiped all the memory from his iPhone, his iPad, and his Mac laptop. He lost all his unbacked-up data - including a year's worth of priceless photos of his daughter.
August 31, 2012 |
In a cluttered fifth-floor studio in North Philadelphia, two huge pieces of plywood hang from the ceiling, pulsing in time with the music from a pair of high-end stereo speakers. thoompa-thoomp-thoomp . . . But whoa - upon closer inspection, the big pieces of plywood actually are the speakers. They have wires attached to the back, and, somehow, they sound really good. Typical for Hive76. It is a hacker space, a kind of inventors' clubhouse where castoff 21st-century junk and random parts are fused together in a collaborative cauldron of ideas.
November 15, 2013 |
A DELAWARE COUNTY man who considered himself a big deal in the online hacking community lied to a 9-1-1 dispatcher in September, claiming he was being held hostage, because he wanted to raise his status among hackers, authorities said yesterday. Michael Adams Jr., 22, of Marple, was charged with falsely reporting weapons of mass destruction, false alarms to an agency of public safety and related offenses for the Sept. 16 incident, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office announced.
June 20, 1997 |
For a change, David beat Goliath. AT&T Corp. had sued in federal court to collect nearly $17,000 from a small Philadelphia law firm - even though the firm had been victimized by "hackers. " The bill was for long-distance toll calls made overseas, mostly to the Dominican Republic, over a nine-day period in August 1994. AT&T demanded payment, knowing that "hackers" had illegally accessed the firm's leased telephone system to make the overseas calls, and despite the firm's prompt notice that a scam was in progress.
August 31, 1990 |
Richard Stallman sluggishly emerges from his cramped and cluttered office- cubicle at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is 11 a.m., and he is without shirt or shoes. His eyes are half-closed, his shoulder-length, scraggly brown hair is uncombed. A blanket and pillow lie on a couch inside the door. He greets a visitor with a yawn. Say good morning to one of the most brilliant computer programmers in America, an eccentric and obsessive 37-year-old who has dedicated his life to writing complex and useful software that he gives away for free, and who is challenging others to do the same.
April 5, 1996 |
Christopher A. Schanot, the 19-year-old St. Louis computer whiz who was arrested by the FBI last week in Broomall, was released to his parents yesterday and placed under house arrest - but only on condition that he not be allowed near a computer, or even talk about computers on the telephone. Schanot was also barred from contact with Netta Gilboa, the former Broomall woman with whom prosecutors believe he spent much of the last 10 months. Authorities say Gilboa, 37, helped Schanot run away from home after he became the anonymous source for a magazine article that Gilboa wrote about an ad-hoc, anti-big-business hacker group that called itself the Internet Liberation Front.