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September 10, 2011
Ryan, You need to get off TWITTER immediately and protect your family from the hurricane. That is an order.
A suspicious e-mail sent to NBC director of social media Ryan Osborn • Leading to a possible infiltration of Osborn’s computer. Osborn, being obviously confused by such a weird message (received during Hurricane Irene), responded and received another message in return that said “I’m the girl next door” and contained an attachment. Osborn then mistakenly opened the attachment which contained a Christmas tree. Security experts say an infiltration like that could have caused a keylogger to get installed on Osborn’s computer, which may have led to yesterday’s hack. This, of course, underlines why having strong computer security is important, even for an organization like NBC News, which claims their security was otherwise so tight that only three executives knew the Twitter account’s password. And how far The Script Kiddies were willing to go to pull off such a hack. source (viafollow)
11:57 // 2 years ago
September 9, 2011
18:40 // 2 years ago

More on the NBCNews hacked account

smatteredtidbits said: I work at NBC (granted, in LA) but there has been absolutely no mention of this. It’s normal in the newsroom. Just FYI :)

» SFB says: Thanks for the note on this. It seemed clear due to the writing style, but at the same time, this went out to a solid 100,000 people. The account is currently suspended, along with the account for the Script Kiddies, which is a responsible move on Twitter’s part. (Sophos has more details on the hacker group.) Tumblr user Sic Transit Vir also left a note on the post suggesting that in future cases like this, we put it behind a jump. As we (as a general rule) don’t do jumps, in the future we’ll try to put giant notes on the images, including this one. — Ernie @ SFB

18:29 // 2 years ago
October 25, 2010


From a hacker’s perspective, releasing this was a good idea. Firesheep is a Firefox plugin that allows you to spy on people’s cookies from within a wi-fi network, effectively allowing you to log into other people’s accounts without knowing their passwords. Great, this will get people to work on this very significant issue and force HTTPS connections. But the problem is, you’ve released an exploit that makes it easy for people to spy on anyone, something that anyone can use. And most of those people will not have the idealistic ethics of the creator of this program. Yes, you’ll get Facebook to use HTTPS, even though it’ll cost them money. But you’ve enabled script kiddies to read personal information at coffee shops everywhere. Not everyone is a hacker. Not everyone is going to appreciate the existence of this. They’ll just feel violated. sourceFiresheep: Bringing light to a serious problem, but at what cost?

From a hacker’s perspective, releasing this was a good idea. Firesheep is a Firefox plugin that allows you to spy on people’s cookies from within a wi-fi network, effectively allowing you to log into other people’s accounts without knowing their passwords. Great, this will get people to work on this very significant issue and force HTTPS connections. But the problem is, you’ve released an exploit that makes it easy for people to spy on anyone, something that anyone can use. And most of those people will not have the idealistic ethics of the creator of this program. Yes, you’ll get Facebook to use HTTPS, even though it’ll cost them money. But you’ve enabled script kiddies to read personal information at coffee shops everywhere. Not everyone is a hacker. Not everyone is going to appreciate the existence of this. They’ll just feel violated. source

10:16 // 3 years ago