Something strange was going on over at FoxNews.com this afternoon.
The site’s top story—what appeared to be video of yesterday’s New Jersey shooting incident—was oddly captioned with the headline, “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE,” followed by the sub-head “STUFF YO.” Furthermore, clicking on the link to the video just generated a blank, white box.
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Atlantic Media is continuing in its valiant effort to ward off hacking attempts after 123 staffers failed last week’s hacking drill.
In an email to employees this morning, chief technology officer Tom Cochran noted that a number of Atlantic employees have seen their email accounts hacked, including two just this morning.
Fortunately, he told The Observer, those attacks appear to be “crimes of opportunity,” not “targeted attacks” designed to get into Atlantic Media’s corporate system, and he set the employees up with two-step authentication after resetting their passwords.
Earlier today, everyone at Atlantic Media received an email warning them to “reverify” their Google Apps account. But the email wasn’t actually from Google; it was from Atlantic Media’s Chief Technology Officer Tom Cochran, who wanted to test his staff to find out it they would click the fake link.
And within two hours, 58 percent of people at Atlantic Media did.
“Across our entire company, 58% of us clicked the email after opening it. Wow. Fifty-eight percent!” Mr. Cochran wrote in a follow up email chastising Atlantic Media employees. “With those odds, all a scammer needs to do is craft an intriguing enough subject line and they have a great chance at getting your account information. Then, you’re hacked and so is Atlantic Media.”
According to data uploaded by Anonymous and reported on by both the Guardian and Russian news portal Gazeta.ru, Russian strongman and bare-fisted tiger boxer Vladimir Putin’s long reach extends even to the darker corners of the Internet. If Anonymous’s treasure trove of emails from a Russian youth group called Nashi is any indication, Mr.Putin has his own paid crew of trolls and bloggers policing Putin-centered media. The Guardian gives a breakdown of some of Nashi’s covert, Putin-loving tactics:
The Daily‘s launch was held today (thing looks promising!), and only one minor glitch marred the proceedings. That occured when a reporter from the BBC (News Corp.’s mortal enemy) took the opportunity to ask Rupert Murdoch an uncomfortable question. Have a look: Read More
Among the trove of diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks this weekend was one particularly juicy tech nugget.
The hacker attack which led to Google’s departure from from mainland China was in fact orchestrated by a senior member of the Chinese Politburo, reports The Guardian.
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The New Yorker‘s online presence is, for the most part, accesible to all users. Content gets posted weekly, on Sunday nights at midnight, and most of the articles are ready for your perusal. Occasionally, however, a piece will be put behind a paywall in an attempt to entice the hardcore reader to bite Read More
Diana Eng, a hi-tech designer and Project Runway alum, makes outfits that would work in Brooklyn or in Blade Runner.
Eng will be having her own runway show this Saturday as part of the first ever NY Maker Faire, an event dedicated to inventors, hackers and mad tinkerers of all types. Read More