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Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking

pierre_pierre
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Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13859868
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he 19-year-old man was held during a raid at a house in Wickford, Essex.
On Monday the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) took its website offline after it was attacked by Lulz Security hackers.

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CapNcaveman
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Re: Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking

Yes, on one hand this lad is a very clever one, but on the other..he's now got 2 law enforcers making his life utter hell..so not so clever!  Undecided
Epyon
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Re: Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking

Just got out of the cells
they where just trying to put pressure on my but naa they ant got nothin on me
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Re: Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking

But not clever enough to have used someone else's network, or hidden himself behind an anonymous proxy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anonymizer  Embarrassed
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Re: Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking

There are unconfirmed reports that Lulzsec have accessed the Census data
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/21/uk_census_lost/
Remember Gary [midnight caller] voiced his concern over security of data held by Lockheed Martin
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Re: Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking

OK, just plain stupid then, he obviously was looking for a fight and chose the wrong targets ! http://www.computerandvideogames.com/308420/news/arrested-lulzsec-suspect-is-ex-anonymous-member/
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Re: Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking

LulzSec opens hack request line - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13777129
So what's next ?
  NHS medial records ?,
  Inland revenue ?
  National Insurance ?
  PayPal ?
  Libyan bank account details ?
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Re: Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking

Is it possible to hack into any account ?
If the answer is yes then anyone using the internet for personal or financial transactions must be foolish.
If the answer is no then how come this particular company or firm did not have the necessary security measures in place ?
This should be a wake up call to all the various instutions that hold our private details on computer, if some 19 year old lad can hack into a system then any government organisation should have no problem getting into any system anywhere in the world.
I am getting more paranoid by the minute !
pierre_pierre
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Re: Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking

just come out on the Local Essex news

Mummy thought he was just being quiet playing games.

security is getting better, but going back a few year we had an intranet at work, multi national, our node, the bods had it open, - people need to have access, I complained that our procedure manuals were readilty accessible, took a demonstration and the rules that said we wernt allowed to show any one out side the company to get then to close access
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Re: Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking

Why is the census information stored on a computer with an internet connection anyway ?
Yeah I know, you're thinking so how are the authorities going to get access then ?  but if you believe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_Census_2011, then -
[quote=Wikipedia]First results from the 2011 Census, in the form of summary data for local authorities, are planned for release in September 2012 and will coincide with a standard publication of population statistics from ONS due at that time. More detailed results, for a range of statistical and administrative areas, will follow throughout 2013 and into 2014
So "LulzSec" will provide the entire formatted Census in a few days, whereas Lockheed Martin were going to take 18 months for first results to be made available ?  Crazy
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Re: Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking

The guy sounds like a publicity hungry individual, trying to land himself a multimillion pound job with a multinational company to provide internet security.
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Re: Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking

Quote from: journeys
Remember Gary [midnight caller] voiced his concern over security of data held by Lockheed Martin

Yep that I did.
All I have to say is what 2011 Census, I never filled it out.     Grin  
I don't trust Lockheed Martin with my info or the UK Government, but sadly the UK Government does have all my info.   Sad
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Re: Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking

Heh, apparently the guy arrested simply ran the IRC server that #lulzsec have a channel on.
Sigh.  If only the SOCA knew how stuff worked on the internet...
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Re: Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking

Gleneagles there are loads of ways to hack into internet computers. This usually when the owner has not kept all of the software updates (patches) up to date. If you are running a Windows PC check out the free utility on www.secunia.com, but be aware it does use some bandwidth to daily download new risk profiles.  Nowadays, Adobe Flash and Acrobat (pdf files) are commonly used for exploits so keep them up to date!
When you see a specialist penetration tester break into a computer via the internet it is quite scary because most PCs are vulnerable. Having a firewall with a correct configuration helps, but it is not total protection.
One way of doing this is called SQL Injection. The hacker hides a command string in the response to an on-line form.  for example the census form. If the developer does not carefully validate the input before passing it to the database it is possible for the hacker commands to break into and take control of the database. He/she can then steal all the data or corrupt it.  A good hacker will sneak in and out of your machine without you realising what has taken place.I've greatly simplified the detail of the process and no animals were harmed by my email.
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