Sep 24, 2008 | 4
A federal grand jury today decided not to indict a University of Tennessee student in connection with the hacking of Republican vice presidential pick Sarah Palin's personal e-mail. The panel let David Kernell, the son of Democratic state Rep. Michael Kernell of Memphis, off the hook—for now—but the Justice Department told the Tennessean that its "inquiry into this matter is ongoing."
The Alaska governor's Yahoo! e-mail account was broken into last week by someone with an Internet address traced to the younger Kernell's apartment complex in Knoxville, Ars Technica reports. Someone visited Yahoo!'s mail service, reset Palin's password and announced results of the break-in on the Wikileaks.org Web site.
Jul 18, 2008 | 1
Computer programmers, researchers and students descended on New York City's Hotel Pennsylvania today for the HOPE conference, a forum for all things related to security, including a healthy dose of sessions devoted to breaking security. This year's conference is dubbed the "Last HOPE" because the Hotel Pennsylvania is shutting down. Apparently there aren't any other suitable venues in the whole of Manhattan for dozens of computer whizzes with a penchant for mischief, such as jamming cell phone signals and locking elevator doors. The hotel was a cheap gig for the conference organizers and willing to put up with these high-tech shenanigans.
Turns out, hackers (they don't like to be called "hackers" because it's a cliché and implies they're breaking the law, even though much of what they do is perfectly legal) have lots of questions about how the law applies to their work. This is particularly true when it comes to "botnets," legions of computers that have been turned into obedient zombies and are used by criminals to attack other computers.
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