This week the New Yorker published a lengthy profile of George Hotz, the 21-year-old hacker who first unlocked the iPhone and went on to be the unwitting cause of Anonymous’s attack on Sony. Now it appears the magazine is receiving the prescribed backlash to writing about hackers—being hacked.
NewYorker.com was extremely sluggish Wednesday afternoon, a tipster pointed out, and we’re told these lost packets could mean the site is under a DDoS attack. The websites of other Conde Nast magazines like GQ, Vogue, Bon Appetit, Wired and Vanity Fair were all slow around the same time.
A live chat with the author of the George Hotz profile, David Kushner, scheduled for yesterday at 3 p.m., was rescheduled for Friday.
For their part, Conde Nast said any slowness is unrelated.
“We are experiencing some technical difficulties due to a new feature that we added to our sites,” a company spokesperson explained. “We are current rolling that back and expect the sites to be back up to speed shortly.”
Seeking love on the run via gay hookup app Grindr or its sibling Blendr? Your private information is in danger. On Friday the Sydney Morning Herald reported there are major security flaws in both apps and they’ve already been exploited by at least one hacker.
In the immortal words of Justin Timberlake: what goes around, goes around, goes around, is going to come back around. Rupert Murdoch is no doubt singing the sad song of karma repurposed, today, as hackers have reached the website of one of his (remaining) news properties, The UK Sun.
Few hackers groups in the history of the internet age have claimed responsibility for attacks on so many prominent targets in such a short period of time.
“For the past month and a bit, we’ve been causing mayhem and chaos throughout the internet,” wrote LulzSec today, ”attacking several targets including PBS, Sony, Fox, porn websites, FBI, CIA, the U.S. government, Sony some more, online gaming servers (by request of callers, not by our own choice), Sony again, and of course our good friend Sony.”
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So the Nasdaq got hacked. Over the weekend, news of a hacker attack on the Nasdaq stock exchange began gathering steam. On Saturday, The Wall Street Journal reported the cybernetic tresspassing, saying the stakes were high: “The Nasdaq situation has set off alarms within the government because of the exchange’s critical role, which officials Read More
Rap fans were treated to a bizzare series of messages over the weekend after the Twitter accounts of Lil Wayne was hacked.
It started with a diss that could possibly have come from Wayne, directed at rival Soulja Boy. “I sent a donations to your Paypal, check it, I heard you got 13,000 sales Read More
North Korea has a website. As in, a single website.
It also has one Twitter account and one YouTube account. That’s how stuff works in a crazy, despotic dictatorship.
Anyways, this past weekend marked the birthday of Kim Jong-Un, scion of the increasingly unhinged Kim Jong-il and closely watched heir to the throne.
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The finance industry may feel like it’s under cyberattack with Wikileaks poised to drop incriminating documents about a major U.S. bank.
But now experts are saying that high frequency-trades are also highly susceptible to attacks by hackers.
By introducing microseconds of latency, hackers could skew prices and make millions of dollars in just a Read More
A mischievous link advertising acai berries has been spreading rapidly across Twitter this morning.
At first it appeared to be a worm, but Twitter’s head of Safety, Del Harvey, is now saying this is part of an ongoing attack on Gawker Media by the hacker grouper Gnosis.
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Danielle Gould considers herself a social alchemist, mixing elements from the world of food and technology for the betterment of all New York.
Tomorrow she’s hosting the innaugural Food + Tech Hackathon: “This open-source hacking event will bring together developers from all over the state to hack on real-world problems relating to how Read More